The Post Tom Hanks Ben Bradlee Meryl Streep Kay Graham

Truth be told.

Steadfast newspaper publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) and crusading Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) team up to expose the lies of President Nixon’s US government over Vietnam, paving the way for Watergate, in Steven Spielberg’s highly topical fact-based drama set in 1971.

Spielberg, Streep and Hanks? Yes, this one had Oscar bait written all over it, although, in the end, it came away empty handed. It’s gripping viewing, all the same. Even if we do know the outcome. And a rousing salute to the news media, too. The age of hot metal typesetting may be long gone but the notion of embattled journalists going up against a paranoid and duplicitous president certainly has a topical ring.

Certificate 12. Runtime 116 mins. Director Steven Spielberg

The Post available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from EOne.