The Post. 2017. USA. Directed by Steven Spielberg. DCP. 115 min.
The sensational story behind the leak of the Pentagon Papers, which detailed America’s military involvement in Vietnam, is dramatized in Steven Spielberg’s new film The Post. Focusing on two key players at The Washington Post—publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks)—the film follows the thrilling efforts to make public a document with damning information on the lies the government told about the war. The ultimate weight is on Graham, often seen as the lone woman in a room of men who question her abilities to keep the business alive and fend off the government’s legal challenges. The Post is an ode to the free press at a time when journalism itself is under assault. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.