The Post (12A)



Drama (2018)
116mins US

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer(s): Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In 1966 Vietnam, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg witnesses first-hand the loss of US troops and reports back his grave concerns to Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara. Fearful that the administration is whitewashing the unflattering truth, Ellsberg photocopies classified reports and leaks pages to The New York Times under editor Abe Rosenthal. When President Nixon attempts suppress publication of the classified reports, Ben Bradlee and his reporters on The Washington Post wade into the melee.

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The Post (12A)

In 1971, The New York Times successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to uphold the rights of a free press in response to a challenge from President Richard Nixon to suspend publication of classified reports detailing US military involvement in Vietnam. Director Steven Spielberg's handsome dramatisation of events leading up to this high-profile legal showdown feels uncomfortably relevant in a modern era of fake news and presidential Twitter outbursts...

The Post. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film/Entertainment One. Caption: Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg. Photo: Niko Tavernise. All Rights Reserved.The Post is also a timely depiction of gender inequality in the workplace and lionises the achievements of Katharine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, who risked losing the business her father bought in 1933 because she refused to be bullied into submission by a patriarchal establishment and sacrifice ideals enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Tubs are repeatedly thumped in Spielberg's picture, most powerfully in Meryl Streep's tour-de-force portrayal of Graham, which captures every facet of a working mother's resolve, inner turmoil and defiance. It seems almost redundant nowadays to draw attention to her ability to delve beneath the skin of her characters but Streep's work here is sublime. Tom Hanks provides robust support as Ben Bradlee, crusading executive editor of The Washington Post, who doesn't appreciate meddling from the boardroom. "Keep your finger out of my eye," he politely but firmly tells Graham during one frank exchange.

The film opens in 1966 Vietnam, where military analyst Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) witnesses first-hand the loss of US troops and reports back his grave concerns to Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood). Fearful that the administration is whitewashing the unflattering truth, Ellsberg photocopies classified reports and leaks pages to The New York Times under editor Abe Rosenthal (Michael Stuhlbarg). Over in Washington, Bradlee (Hanks) reads his rival's front scoop with envy. "Anyone else tired of reading the news rather than writing it?" he despairs to his team. Bradlee encourages reporter Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk) to chase down a copy of the report so The Washington Post can bloody its nose too. Publisher Katharine Graham (Streep), who is a good friend of McNamara, faces an impossible decision and seeks guidance from the chairman of the board, Fritz Beebe (Tracy Letts).

After a sluggish opening 15 minutes, The Post whirrs smoothly into action, cutting back and forth between Graham and Bradlee's personal odysseys. Period detail is impeccable and Spielberg's frequent cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and composer John Williams add lustre to the stylish project. Streep is in imperious form and she richly deserves a 21st Oscar nomination. Hanks issues the picture's rallying cry for the media to hold a microscope to the political elite and expose every ugly blemish. "We have to be the check on their power," he sermonises. "If we don't hold them accountable, who will?" Hashtagged answers in 140 characters or less...

- Kim Hu

The Post. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film/Entertainment One. Caption: Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg. Photo: Niko Tavernise. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 16th February
To Thursday 22nd February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberystwyth, Commodore
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Christchurch, Regent
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Gloucester Guildhall
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hawkhurst, Kino Hawkhurst
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penistone, Paramount Cinema
- Penrith, Rheged Centre
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rye, Kino Rye
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stockport, Marple Regent
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tiverton, Tivoli
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 23rd February
To Thursday 1st March

- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Annan, Annan Lonsdale Cinema
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burgess Hill, The Orion Cinema
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castle Douglas, The Fullarton Theatre
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Chesterfield, Pomegranate Theatre
- Clonakilty, The Park Cinema
- Colchester, Firstsite
- Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn And Cinema
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Dartmouth, The Flavel
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falmouth, The Poly
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hailsham, The Pavilion
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Herne Bay, Kavanagh Cinema
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Kirkwall, New Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy Centre
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milford Haven, Torch Theatre
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Monmouth, The Savoy Theatre
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Northampton, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Royal & Derngate
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Spalding, South Holland Centre
- St Albans, The Odyssey Cinema
- Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Film Theatre
- Street, Strode Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Whitby, Whitby Pavilion Complex
- Wirksworth, The Northern Light Cinema
- Woking, Ambassadors Cinema
- Woodbridge, The Riverside
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York


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