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Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' is a movie about the past that speaks to our times

Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' is a movie about the past that speaks to our times

"The Post" goes against the contemporary Hollywood grain. Propulsive major studio cinema made with a real-world purpose in mind, it's a risky venture that succeeds across the board.

Prodded into existence by Steven Spielberg, one of the few filmmakers capable of making the studio system do his bidding and of convincing major players like Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to go along with him, "The Post" takes on a particularly counterintuitive subject.

That would be the Washington Post's 1971 role in publishing what came to be known as the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret 47-volume, 7,000-page Department of Defense study of the war in Vietnam that exposed all...

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