Journalists

Collective

It is not very often that I have felt a full-body shudder of horror from watching something on screen. But early in the documentary Collective, about the investigation and cover up following the deaths of dozens of people in a rock club fire, there is video footage from one of the club-goers. A metal band …

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Bombshell (2019)

Kicking off just before the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the film follows the rocky trajectory of two of Ailes’ most famous accusers: Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman). Each one is at a different point in her career and is weighing different stakes: Kelly’s star …

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A Private War

Tracking the latter years of Colvin’s astonishing career with London’s Sunday Times and her collaboration with war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan), the film follows the tenacious, seemingly fearless journalist (Pike) from the early 2000s to her 2012 death while covering the Syrian civil war in Homs. Determined to tell the human stories behind war …

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The Post

Meryl Streep stars as real-life publisher Kay Graham, who “inherits” the reins of the Washington Post after the death of her husband. Regarded by the boys’ club of men who make up the paper’s Board of Directors as something of a joke, Kay soon finds herself smack dab in one of the most shocking and …

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True Story

Based on Finkel’s memoir of the same name, True Story centers on Longo, a seemingly upstanding husband and father, who’s accused of murdering his wife and three young children, then fleeing to Mexico, where he’s subsequently apprehended. Once in custody, he identifies himself as Michael Finkel of The New York Times. Almost simultaneously, Finkel himself …

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Rosewater

Measured, thoughtful and, at times, quite moving, Stewart’s political drama tracks Bahari – an Iranian-Canadian – in the days before his arrest in June 2009, and his subsequent incarceration. In Iran to cover the controversial elections, Bahari gets involved with supporters of the opposition, sends footage of the street riots back to his colleagues in …

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Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal, from the moment he is on screen, is fantastically riveting. I won’t say he is unrecognizable in his role as Lou Bloom, a conscience-free opportunist with a shocking lack of moral compass. Physically, he is the handsome Jake we know and love, with his sly smile and eyes so wide with enthusiasm that …

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The Wipers Times

Even after a century, it is surprising how many great stories can be mined from World War I. It is now truly in the past, as there are (most likely at least) very few, if any, people that fought during the Great War that are still alive. Compared to World War II–the first “modern” war, …

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