2010 - 2017

The Post [2017] ★★★

Steven Spielberg’s ode to journalism and freedom of speech comes at a time where these values are being questioned in our own country, which makes it all the more worth recommending. From a cinematic point of view, “The Post” is being compared to “All The President’s Men” and even “Spotlight”, and understandably so. Spielberg has assembled an all-star cast that includes Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to recount the events that lead the Washington Post to publish top secret government documents that exposed the Vietnam war in the 1970’s. Streep is superb, as always, playing the first female publisher who must race against the clock to make one of the most crucial decisions in the history of her newspaper. Hanks is equally good as her editor, who would stop at nothing to publish the story. There are no weak links in the cast, just a few bumps in the narrative along the way. Like most of the films of the genre, “The Post” is less about the scandal itself than it is the effort to uncover and publish it. Along the way, we learn how hard a government is willing to go to stop journalists from expressing themselves for the sake of a nation. This couldn’t be more relevant in the age of social media, which makes “The Post” a timeless film. Do not miss it.

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