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Why Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are a cinematic match made in heaven #ThePost


DiCaprio and Scorsese. Tarantino and Jackson. Pegg and Wright. Modern cinema is full of knockout actor/director one-two punches, and we have another one to add to the list in the form of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

This particular Hollywood dream team have worked together a number of times, and will next be delivering The Post. Here's why you should be positively giddy over the continuation of this heavenly cinematic pairing...

They're both bonafide Hollywood legends

Famed as two of the hardest-working (and nicest) figures in Hollywood, Hanks and Spielberg also bring the warmth off-camera as well.

Tom Hanks has become well known for photobombing, including this couple's New York wedding...

... Meanwhile interviews between these two gents are always insightful, lively and hilarious.

They both have incredible back catalogues

Unless you've never watched a movie before, you will have heard the names Spielberg and Hanks. A quick glance over their back catalogues will surely leave your mouth agape.

From Big to Cast Away Hanks is capable of comedies and dramas across the spectrum, each time committing something special to celluloid.

Equally Steven Spielberg is a name associated with exceptional output with his work in the 80s alone, from E.T. to the Indiana Jones series, defining the decade as well as many a childhood. And that's not even counting his extraordinary contributions to cinema in the form of Jaws, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List.

Their collaboration so far is extraordinary

The Post isn't the first time these two have joined forces. With the likes of comedy caper Catch Me If You Can and the undisputed World War II classic Saving Private Ryan under their belt, it seems these two were always destined to create great work.

With the majority of their big screen collaborations (not to mention their exemplary television output such as Band of Brothers) producing award after award, along with films cemented in cinema history, The Post has a lot to live up to.

Bridge of Spies

Speaking of awards, the most recent movie from this dynamic duo is 2015's Bridge of Spies. Following a lawyer as he is recruited to defend a suspected Soviet spy during the Cold War, Bridge of Spies is a masterclass in suspense, wonderfully demonstrating the talents of both its director and star.

Highly praised by both critics and audiences, whilst also scooping up a multitude of awards and Oscar nominations, Bridge of Spies leads us nicely into The Post...

The Post

The movie follows Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and owner Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) as they struggle to expose a historical cover-up spanning not one, not two, but four US presidents.

Based on true events, The Post promises to be appropriately intense as the battle between journalists and the government unfolds. Covering a lot of ground that both director and star are well established in, The Post is a film that looks to be well-placed in their wheelhouse.

It's also tipped for awards glory. During last night's National Board of Review, which is often seen as a precursor to Academy Awards success, the movie scooped Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Quite frankly, you shouldn't need more reasons to be excited – the names Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg (not to mention fellow Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) should be more than enough. 

With The Post out on 19th January 2018 check out the trailer below and let us know @Cineworld if it's on your must-see list.

Jon Fuge is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.

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