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Steven Spielberg Got Everything We Wanted To Find Out: Tom Hanks

Steven Spielberg Got Everything We Wanted To Find Out: Tom Hanks

Thank goodness for Steven Spielberg. Screenplay by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. And his latest, The Post, opens in 1966, yet the walls of the office where Daniel Ellsberg edits what would come to be known as the Pentagon Papers are adorned with one-sheets from two 1968 releases (Planet of the Apes, Joanna) and one, Butch Cassidy, from 1969.

Acting as a slick, spiritual prequel to "All The President's Men", Spielberg treats "The Post" like theater on the big screen. Seeing those two threads intertwine in such a gripping and energetic movie, with a large cast so good that it's nearly unfair, really, is a blast. Streep does an impressive Woody from Toy Story and Tom Hanks disappears into the role of The Iron Lady.

A former Marine and government agent, Daniel Ellsberg (Rhys) finds himself disillusioned by the people for whom he works, causing him to photocopy and pass on documents showing the USA had knowledge it could not win the Vietnam War.

The Post arrives in cinemas in the same week that Donald Trump announces his Fake News Awards, which are aimed at discrediting the papers that Richard Nixon failed to gag.

She was speaking alongside her co-star Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, who both expressed similar sentiments about Oprah's appeal.

This week, the two stars from The Post stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and of course the show's host, Ellen DeGeneres, had one of her fun games ready for them.

Besides being publisher of the influential newspaper, Graham was well connected with leading political figures, and luminaries regularly attended dinner parties at her Georgetown home.

For Graham, who only became publisher after her husband's suicide, the pressure reflects a departure from a privileged D.C. society life where the women are shown politely retiring to the other room while the men discussed politics and business. Then The New York Times comes out with their first story about the damning Vietnam report and, well, everything changes. The Nixon administration sought an injunction against the publication of the Pentagon Papers as a threat to national security, yet as the title of The Post suggests, the focus here isn't on the Times, but on the Washington paper dealing with complex issues at the same time. The assignment falls mostly on reporter Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk), who quickly tracks down Ellsberg, who offers him pages the Times hasn't seen yet. There's a moving, powerful and historically accurate climax when the Post's presses roll, the First Amendment winning out so that the American people could finally learn how their government had lied to them for decades about Vietnam. Graham, the boss, is caught in the middle.

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Even though anyone who knows the history knows what happens, the suspense is palpable.

And that's what you see in Streep's performance.

Tom Hanks: "There's no reason to have a First Amendment if we can't do this, and so it was an extremely unsafe call".

At the time, she was unsure of her abilities to run the company, and she often grew flustered in the presence of the all-male board of directors (led by Bradley Whitford's smug Arthur Parsons), who didn't even bother to contain their desire to push her aside.

The large ensemble cast is given plenty to tear into - this is riveting, big-picture stuff about our country and how it works - so it's a shame the great Sarah Paulson, playing Bradlee's wife, is stuck with next-to-nothing to do but make concerned faces in the background and prepare sandwiches while the reporters do their work.

All the President's Men is the gold standard for films based on journalism.

In the end, Kathryn Graham decides the paper, despite its precarious financial position, must publish, and not let government get away with suppressing the freedom of the press. 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.

The one exception is Bradlee. And a reminder that everyone needs to be welcomed, and listened to, in the fight.


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