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STAR­RING Meryl Streep (right) as Wash­ing­ton Post pub­lisher Katharine Gra­ham and Tom Hanks as ed­i­tor Ben Bradlee, the film ex­plores just how this pair of me­dia ti­tans be­came leg­endary. The po­lit­i­cal thriller, which fea­tures a bril­liant en­sem­ble cast, fol­lows the quest of the fa­mous Amer­i­can news­pa­per to pub­lish the Pen­tagon Pa­pers back in 1971 – clas­si­fied doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the coun­try’s Viet­nam War cam­paign. The thrill of the chase for truth may be the film’s dom­i­nant plot but di­rec­tor Spiel­berg and Streep also ex­am­ine the en­trenched sex­ism suf­fered by Gra­ham when she in­her­ited the role as pub­lisher af­ter the death of her hus­band and her fa­ther.

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