The 10 best journalism movies (including Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'), ranked

The 10 best journalism movies (including Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'), ranked

As for journalists, the world has moved on from typewriters to laptops and cell phones Only, governments haven't changed in their disdain for accountability and hostility to freedom of speech and the press.

First, consider that the movie's stars, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, have spoken publicly against Trump and that Spielberg rushed "The Post" into production specifically in reaction to Trump's election.

One thing that most insiders, critics, pundits and casual movie fans can agree on, though, is that five-time victor and 50-time nominee John Williams will once again be in the mix come Oscar time for his latest sure to be majestic film score.

Philip's death was a decade before The Post achieved national prominence and won a 1973 Pulitzer in the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon.

The publication of the papers, which had already occurred in the New York Times, was fraught with peril because the government had threatened to sue the paper. When the Times prints the first portions of the Pentagon Papers, his journalistic Spidey-senses start tingling.

Bradlee fumes and orders his staff to play catch-up.

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When journalists watch films such as "The Post" or "Spotlight", they see how dedicated reporters, editors, copyeditors and an entire newspaper staff can take a kernel of truth and transform it into a paradigm-shifting story. Except for Graham, who commands a room in her social life, but struggles with nerves and pressure in the boardroom. As the current president prepares to roll out his "Fake News Awards" to belittle the free press, a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks is enjoying residency in theaters (not to mention a prime table at awards shows).

After receiving Golden Globes nominations in six categories, including best motion picture drama and best screenplay, viewers all over the US will finally get to see the film on Friday.

For me, "The Post" was about much more than that. On a flight back to D.C., Ellsberg confers with Defense Secretary McNamara (Bruce Greenwood), who expresses deep frustration with the war in private but keeps it all smiles and dodgy optimism in public. It was also particularly dicey because Graham was about to take the company public with a stock offering.

"The Post" draws attention to the presence of women in the newsroom, the streets and the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (The business end and the reporting end should not be entangled if the journalism is going to be good. and they get a bit entangled here, which becomes a source of conflict.) It's not romantic chemistry I'm talking about, but a rapport of the purest movie-movie sort: These are two legendary actors at the tops of their games individually, who spark into something cinematically incandescent together. It's Streep who owns the film as she breathes life into another strong woman, just as she did as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady". The likes of Jesse Plemons and Zach Woods show up as lawyers on the payroll of The Post to help guide its staff in their efforts to publish a story around these leaked documents that inadvertently causes a fair amount of tension.

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from "The Post". Graham is the only woman in a leadership position in the entire film, the rest are all white men. 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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