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The Public (R) ★★★½

By May 7, 2019June 7th, 2019Backstage Pass

“The Public”

In Emilio Estevez’s film, “The Public,” he serves as writer, director, main star and a producer of the film. With the emergency shelters at full capacity during dangerously low frigid temperatures in Cincinnati, Ohio a large group of homeless library patrons led by Jackson, (Michael Kenneth Williams), decide to stay put in the library at closing time. This non-violent occupy sit-in or sleep-in, becomes an act of civil disobedience. Intensifying into a standoff with local riot police led by crisis negotiator (Alex Baldwin) and a politically motivated district attorney (Christian Slater), two librarians Emilio Estevez and (Jena Malone) find themselves caught in the middle.