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The Post

Rated PG-13 115 minutes 2018

Veteran New York Times reporters have complained that they were written out of this drama about the Pentagon Papers, the classified government study of the Vietnam war whose June 1971 publication in the Times became a turning point in the national debate. But screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer aren't making a reportorial thriller; this is essentially a boardroom drama about the legal and journalistic issues that confronted the small, family-owned Washington Post when a federal court injunction halted the Times series but the Post obtained its own portions of the study. Meryl Streep stars as publisher Kay Graham, gently raising her voice against a chorus of male board members who advise her to obey the injunction, and Tom Hanks gets all gravelly as executive editor Ben Bradlee. Their best scenes together reveal how each journalist was compromised by cozy relationships with powerful Democrats (in his case, President Kennedy; in hers, defense secretary Robert McNamara). Steven Spielberg directed.

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Producer: Amy Pascal, Kristie Krieger, Steven Spielberg, Tom Karnowski, Josh Singer, Adam Somner, Tim White and Trevor White

Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Alison Brie, Jessie Mueller, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Carrie Coon and Zach Woods

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