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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who star together in “The Post,” in New York, Dec. 8, 2017. “The Post” tells of the tense days leading up to The Washington Post’s decision in 1971 to publish the Pentagon Papers, the government’s secret history of the Vietnam War. (Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times)

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who star together in “The Post,” in New York, Dec. 8, 2017. “The Post” tells of the tense days leading up to The Washington Post’s decision in 1971 to publish the Pentagon Papers, the government’s secret history of the Vietnam War. (Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times)