The Post

Uncomfortably accurate in this time of political unease.

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After the papers release incriminating documents regarding the government’s involvement in the Vietnamese war, President Nixon takes on The Washington Post in an attempt to stifle the freedom of the press in a lawsuit like no other.

Director, Steven Spielberg, manages to adapt this significant moment of journalistic history into a stark tale of government intervention which hits at the very core of politics today.

With Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks at the helm of this non-fiction escapade, the film is given a subtle sense of maturity that adds to the already beautifully constructed frenzy of the plot.

In essence, the film is a realization of the economics of journalism, which strives to serve the governed, rather than the government.

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Sully

A remarkable retelling of aviation history, but not a film for the nervous flyer. 

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Tom Hanks brings to life the tremendous bravery and tenacity of Captain Sully as he steers his plane and his passengers away from danger and into the safety of the Hudson River in response to an unexpected bird strike. 

Director Clint Eastwood’s reconstruction of the dramatic events that took place on January 15th 2009 assumes a heavy scepticism from the aviation investigators about the truth regarding the necessity to land on the Hudson. Eastwood, clearly wanted this lack of faith in Captain Sully’s ability and judgement to stand at the forefront of the plot, in what I imagine was a bid to ensure that this aspect of the incident was made publicity aware.

Apart from the films predictable acting talent, the CGI and fact-finding evidenced throughout the production is enough to make you think you are witnessing an over-budget documentary.

A biopic as honestly portrayed and publicly available as this one, is not only hard to come by, but also a pleasure to behold due to the level of craftsmanship injected into it.