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Steven Spielberg's new movie about the leaked Pentagon Papers premiers in US

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By Katy Dartford
Steven Spielberg's new movie about the leaked Pentagon Papers premiers in US

It may be set in 1971 but the theme of press freedom in Steven Spielberg's new movie is just as relevent today.

The Post" is about the battle to publish the leaked Pentagon Papers detailing the U.S. government's misleading portrayal of the Vietnam War.

Starring Meryl Streep as the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as late editor Ben Bradlee, "The Post" was named the best film of 2017 by the National Board of Review, a New York-based 100 year-old group of academics, filmmakers and professionals.

“It is definitely about the legacy of the Vietnam War and what 40 years of policy did to the United States of America.” Tom Hanks told reporters.

“And it's also about the journalistic integrity of people who were destined to -- who view it as not their job, but their responsibility to go out and get the truth.”

“It's not about one individual thing -- I think it's a very good patriotic movie about 'what is the state of America?' “

“Because here's the thing that I've learned from history: It seems as though nothing ever changes. “

Spielberg rushed to get 'The post' filmed and released within a year and it premiered in Washington on Thursday (December 14),

"There's always going to be, you know, a kind of push and pull in the relationship between any administration and the media. Everybody goes through a tug of war with the media, with the press.” Said Spielberg.

“The Post" arrives in cinemas at a time when the media has been under repeated attacks by U.S. President Donald Trump since his election in November 2016.