Feb 16 - 22, 6:00 & 8:30
This dynamic, engaging and thrillingly-paced journalistic procedural from director Stephen Spielberg (Lincoln) celebrates a vital American story, the freedom of the press versus national security, which played out in the summer of 1971, a year before the Watergate scandal. Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) was a housewife and socialite who had inherited her family’s newspaper after the suicide of her husband. The publication of the Pentagon Papers, a trove of confidential information detailing the disparity between the government’s public and private assessments of the ongoing Vietnam War, had been stopped by court; Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) wanted to continue, but was it worth the possibility of jail? Both a celebration of freedom of the press and the story of a woman coming into her own, this timely film is nominated for two Oscars, for Best Actress and Best Picture.