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Post, The (12A)

Biography, Drama, History

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

The critical consensus

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep impress as Washington Post bigwigs fighting to expose government lies about the Vietnam war in the director’s timely drama.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/12/2017

The Post is a thoroughly enjoyable film, on a par with the very similar but slightly more subtle Spotlight. In the age of ideology over art, if the latter can win a Best Picture Oscar, it's hard to see how the former can't, especially given its added timeliness.

****(*)Christopher Hooton, The Independent, 06/12/2017

Set nearly half a century ago, but remarkably prescient in these “fake news” times, The Post is an engaging and masterfully acted tale sure to be in the running come the Oscars.

****(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 07/12/2017

A timely look at a fight to be heard – in the boardroom or the press – that’s elegant without being electric.

****(*)Jane Crowther, Total Film, 15/01/2018

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks team up for this flashy Oscar bait from Steven Spielberg.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 15/01/2018

In the canon of the best recent newspaper movies, The Post is the equal of Spotlight – and may well emulate its success at the Oscars. It underlines Spielberg’s continuing ability to entertain us even as he holds up a mirror to the less attractive side of American history and politics.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 17/01/2018

A film about rushing to meet a deadline that feels like it was made that way.

Charles Bramesco, 18/01/2018

Spielberg ensures the film is also a hugely entertaining piece of storytelling that sets the pulse racing and keeps you enthralled until the very last moment.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 19/01/2018

In revisiting 1970s America and Nixon’s attempts to suppress the truth about the Vietnam War, Spielberg, Streep and Hanks have found the perfect film for our times.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 19/01/2018

Steven Spielberg’s urgent 70s-set thriller stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in a timely lesson on the need for a vigilant press.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 21/01/2018

Features about Post, The (12A)

The Post is a timely reminder of the struggle between press freedom and government lies.

Peter Greste, The Guardian, 02/01/2018

News on film: How Spielberg's The Post continues Hollywood's tradition of making anti-heroes out of journalists.

David Barnett, The Independent, 12/01/2018

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks tell the story behind The Post

Cara Buckley, The Scotsman, 17/01/2018

Steven Spielberg: 'The urgency to make The Post was because of Trump's administration'.

Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian, 19/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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