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Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in a still from 'Spotlight.' Photo by Kerry Hayes

WATCH LIST: November 2015

By Observer Staff


Spotlight
DIRECTED BY TOM MCCARTHY, STARRING MARK RUFFALO, MICHAEL KEATON AND RACHEL MCADAMS
(Anonymous Content/Rocklin/Faust)


Michael Keaton leads an all-star cast in this gripping true story of the Boston Globe reporters and editors who exposed decades of child sexual abuse in the local Catholic Church. As the investigation uncovers the vast scale of the cover-up, the team must keep pushing to reveal the hard truth. Nov. 13

American Epic
DIRECTED BY BERNARD MACMAHON
(PBS)


Blues, country, gospel, Cajun, folk: in the 1920s, record company scouts took the first electric recording machine on the road, capturing grassroots musicians in cities and small towns across America. The songs they recorded paved the way for today’s rock, pop, R&B and more. This three-episode series retraces the scouts’ travels, pairing archival footage with eyewitness accounts of a groundbreaking era in music. Nov. 10 and 17, 8 p.m. ET

Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
BY DAVID K. SHIPLER
(Broadway Books)


Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, Arab and Jew returns in an expanded and updated version that is as relevant today as ever. Written by New York Times veteran David Shipler, this far-reaching analysis of the history and prejudices dividing the Holy Land is given life through portraits of Arabs and Jews who embody the region’s hopes and complexities. Nov. 10

The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages
EDITED BY ANDREW BLAUNER
(Simon & Schuster)


In The Good Book, 32 notable writers share their reflections on Bible passages that have touched their lives and influenced their thinking. With an introduction by Adam Gopnik, the collection brings together voices from across the faith spectrum, including contributions by novelists Colm Tóibín and Edwidge Danticat and non-fiction authors Kathleen Norris and A.J. Jacobs. Nov. 10


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