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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in Spielberg's The Post

‘The Post’

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

Director: Steven Spielberg

Rated: PG-13

Watching this made me wonder what venerable journalist and editor Ben Bradlee would make of the current climate for his profession. Terms like “fake news” would be an anathema to a man like Bradley, who based his reputation and that of the Washington Post on telling the truth — or in many cases, speaking truth to power. Few did it better than Bradley, who passed away in 2014.

Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game'

‘Molly’s Game’

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Rated: R

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour

‘Darkest Hour’

Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James

Directed by: Joe Wright

Rated: PG-13

It’s not often that I’m not ready for a movie to end. I really wanted this one to go on and instead of taking us up to the point that England entered World War II, take us all the way through. Of course, the caveat would be that the incomparable Gary Oldman would continue in the part of a lifetime as Winston Churchill.

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig

‘Lady Bird’

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Rated: PG-13

Francis Mcdormand as Mildred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Starring: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Rated: R

In Martin McDonagh’s prolific history as a writer, most of his work has been for the stage. To date, his best-known screen work is “In Bruges,” which today enjoys an almost cult following.