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Spielberg directed and co-produced the film. Last February, Spielberg accelerated production of Liz Hannah and Josh Singer's screenplay after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The Post is Spielberg's clear and passionate ode to the adversarial press, and not only is it a refreshing departure from his past work, it also turns out to be a good fit for his slick storytelling style. The only people of color are all in entry level positions and to me, Spielberg shines a light on how much, yet how little, has changed in almost fifty years.

Editing of the film is immensely fast paced and actors are also speaking their dialogues in a quick tone to make a rhythm out of it.

Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) can't stand the idea of being beat on a story.

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The journalistic drama is set in the years following the Vietnam War - which was released in the United States on December 22 - and centres around The Washington Post's race to secure and publish the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971, which exposed a government cover-up spanning decades.

"The Post" is based on true events that occurred in 1971 - the Pentagon Papers scandal regarding US involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1965, then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara knew the war couldn't be won. The revelations that the US government had for years known the Vietnam War was a lost cause set off massive protests.

Streep plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Hanks is executive editor Ben Bradlee. Graham was the daughter of one former Post publisher and the widow of another. Liz Hannah and Josh Singer's less-than-fully-formed script struggles to find the drama in "The Post", which recounts the real-life story of how a cover-up that spanned four US presidents pushed Graham (the country's first female newspaper publisher) and Bradlee to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

Newspaper readers who pine for the good ol' days of journalism will get a kick out of The Post, an overly romanticized view of the industry and one of its standard bearers, the Washington Post. He asks a Post intern to hop a train and go to the New York Times. Bradlee smells opportunity when an injunction by the Nixon Administration shuts down the Times from reporting. Washington, D.C.is not a large enough town to have a national brand name paper and of course, she's a woman. Graham, the boss, is caught in the middle.

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He tries a little too hard with the accent, but it's still a winning portrayal of a man leading equally competitive reporters in a newsroom where you can hear the click-clacking of typewriters, smell the newsprint and feel the tension of reporters who have been scooped and are playing catchup.

Even though anyone who knows the history knows what happens, the suspense is palpable. That's especially true when you recall the more bombastic and imposing Jason Robards as Bradlee in "All the President's Men", which can be seen as the "Part Two" to this film. Ben Bradlee isn't the typical likable every-guy we've seen Hanks play so many times.

It sets up, in its closing scene, "All The President's Men", the 1976 classic that delineates the next, climactic battle between the Post and Nixon. "Show" partner David Cross.

"The Post " is kind of like the Yankees of movies.

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Suddenly, "The Post" has taken on unforeseen relevance - not only because of recent attacks on freedom of the press but because of the sexual politics at the time. The film is a love letter to old newspapers, the camera lingering on the typesetters toiling on Linotype machines, and conveyor belts sending newspapers high into the sky as if they were delivering today's edition directly to the heavens.

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