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Empire | 'Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House' Review

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Some 32 years after its release, Alan J. Pakula’s All The President’s Men suddenly feels like a touchstone for 2018’s cinematic releases. Firstly, Steven Spielberg’s The Post acted as a quasi-prequel outlining an investigation at The Washington Post pre-Watergate. Now Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House (a title longer than the film will run in cinemas) does a deeper dive into Deep Throat, revealed to be Felt in 2005 by Vanity Fair, the whistleblower’s whistleblower who kept journalist Bob Woodward on the right track to topple Nixon’s government. Yet where Pakula’s film is pacy, vital and engrossing, writer-director Peter Landesman’s (Parkland, Concussion) is a slow, inert, fitfully engaging portrait of an uninteresting man who did an important thing.

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