The Laundromat Review

It’s not exactly clear why there’s been such a boomlet in explanatory, often didactic, films about recent history. It can’t be merely a reaction to the anti-intellectualism of Trump because films like The Big Short predated his rise. Perhaps it’s a response to our information-saturated culture and a need to cut through the volume of digital noise. Whether it’s trusting the audience too much that they want to know how complex systems work, sensing that they might tune out unless it’s laid out clearly, or cynically doubting they won’t understand without a spoon-fed explanation, these films all share an urge to inform and not just entertain. It’s impossible to deny that Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, an instructive explainer on the Panama Papers leak of 2016, is a product of this moment in cinema.

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the laundromat trailer

Steven Soderbergh‘s Netflix partnership is proving quite fruitful for Hollywood’s fastest-working auteur, who assembles an A-list cast for his latest film, The Laundromat. Starring Meryl StreepGary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas (only one of whom is doing a weird accent), The Laundromat sees Soderbergh tackling The Panama Papers after his last Netflix film, High Flying Bird, took on the NBA. Watch The Laundromat trailer below.

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the laundromat cast

This past summer, we heard Netflix might be interested in acquiring Steven Soderbergh‘s The Laundromat, the prolific filmmaker’s upcoming movie which tells the true story of the publication of the Panama Papers, the largest leak of corporate data in history. It turns out the streaming platform’s interest was real, because Netflix is now officially on board to finance and release the movie.

That’s not all: The Laundromat cast continues to grow, with David Schwimmer (Band of Brothers, Friends) joining veterans like Gary Oldman, Meryl Streep, and Antonio Banderas. Find out who else is in talks to star below.
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Panama Papers movie

Netflix wants more Panama Papers-related projects in their line-up. They already have one film in the works about that subject, and now it looks like they’re circling Steven Soderbergh‘s Panama Papers movie The Laundromat. Plus: Meryl Streep has joined the cast, and Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas are both in talks to star.

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Panama Papers movie

Steven Soderbergh is busier than ever. Within just the past eight months, the director has released an experimental app tied to an HBO miniseries (Mosaic), two feature films (Logan Lucky and Unsane), and he reportedly has another one called High Flying Bird that’s almost finished. But he’s showing no signs of stopping: a new report says the Ocean’s trilogy director will next step behind the camera to direct a Panama Papers movie called The Laundromat. Read more about the project below. Read More »