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Run This Town (2019)

R | | Drama | 6 March 2020 (USA)
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An emerging political scandal in Toronto in 2013 seen through the eyes of young staffers at city hall and a local newspaper.


Ricky Tollman


Ricky Tollman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Platt ... Bram
Mena Massoud ... Kamal
Damian Lewis ... Rob
Nina Dobrev ... Ashley
Scott Speedman ... David
Jennifer Ehle ... Judith
Gil Bellows ... Detective Lowey
Lauren Collins ... Sammi
David Eisner David Eisner ... Phil
Hamza Haq ... Detective Sharma
Kathryn Greenwood ... Jill
Emmanuel Kabongo ... Abe
Rebecca Liddiard ... Claire
Araya Mengesha ... Joshua
Katy Breier ... Lauren


After graduation, Bram gets his dream job at a local newspaper. In his mind he's the next Woodward (but he's probably more of a Bernstein). A year in, he realizes that maybe the paper business is no longer what he'd seen in the movies. Instead of investigative journalism, he is writing easily consumable Top 10 Lists - Best Hot Dogs in the City. Ten Ways to Tell You Grew Up in the 90s. After the paper is hit with another round of layoffs, Bram stumbles upon a potentially explosive story involving the city's controversial mayor. But he needs to beat the mayor's smooth talking aide, Kamal, to the punch. This could be Bram's big break - if he had any idea how to be a real journalist. Written by AnonymusB

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Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Speaking at a news conference, Rob Ford refers to a football rivalry between Toronto and nearby Hamilton, saying "I'm gonna call Mayor 'Britanni' in Hamilton..." BUT the mayor of Hamilton at that time was Bob BRATINA (not Britanni). See more »

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The green bottles which the students are drinking from in Toronto City Council Chamber are the product of Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewery. See more »

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So disappointing
3 August 2019 | by datadata-69167See all my reviews

Saw this at the Traverse City Film Festival. Was really excited as it had Damian Lewis and was described as, "... comes this whip-smart, rapid-fire, political sizzler that delivers all the AARON SORKIN vibes you want." Yes, they actually used his name. And they delivered none of that. The biggest problem with this movie was the story. Plain and simple. It bored me to tears. The music & cinematography were good as was Nina Dobrev, but everything else was tough to sit through. I'm guessing the only reason this movie got into the festival was because director Ricky Tollman agreed to speak afterwords. We were told he left early lol. He knew it was bad, that's why he was a no-show. I wouldn't have thought about writing a review until I overheard at least 9 other people complaining about the movie.

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