Review: ‘The Public’ gives truth to the phrase “knowledge is power”.

THE PUBLIC

In “The Public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

 

This star-studded film follows the lives of the people who come in and out of a Cincinnati Public Library. Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, each character is fully fleshed out and complex even if they aren’t on-screen for very long. It’s carefully edited. You get a real sense of relationships and circumstance from the solid writing and stellar performances from this massive ensemble cast including Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Michael K Williams, Christian Slater, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, and Jeffrey Wright. The film is about knowledge and power in the larger sense. It’s a thoughtful commentary on the socioeconomic dynamics of the homeless, the manipulative perceptions created by the media, and the politicians and law enforcement that allow it to happen. It’s filled with humor and heartbreak from beat to beat, and the twists are surprising and impactful. The Public has amazing storytelling and a truly poignant look at class warfare.

THE PUBLIC features veteran actors Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock,” The Departed, It’s Complicated), Emilio Estevez (The Way, Bobby, The Breakfast Club), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games” series, The Neon Demon, Inherent Vice)Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black,” The Lucky One, Argo), Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot,” The Wife, True Romance), Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”, Bad Boys II, Bring It On), Michael KWilliams (12 Years A Slave, “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Wire”), Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld,” “O.G.,” The Hunger Games” series), and Che “Rhymefest” Smith (co-writer and performer of “Glory” from Selma, “Jesus Walks” from Four Brothers, “Make Noise” and “Weaponized” from The Public, theatrical acting debut).

Universal Pictures Content Group will release THE PUBLIC in Theaters on April 5, 2019.

HBO NOW – Celebrate the ’Stache: 22 HBO Moustaches for Movember

Movember-4From Al Swearengen’s 1870s business man moustache to Rust Cohle’s trucker ‘stache, HBO NOW has created a collection of episodes and programs featuring the most iconic moustaches in HBO history as part of the Movember Foundation’s annual Movember campaign, which helps encourage men to live happier, healthier, and longer lives through investing in four key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and physical inactivity. Celebrate the ’Stache: 22 HBO Moustaches for Movember is available on HBO NOW today and features moustaches made famous in hit HBO programming including Deadwood, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Flight of the Conchords, VEEP, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Bored to Death and Sex and the City, among other hit series and films. Subscribers can check out the full collection starting November 2, and a 30-day free trial of HBO NOW will be available to new subscribers throughout the month.

The Movember campaign challenges men to grow and women to support the moustache or make a commitment to get active and MOVE for the 30 days of November. HBO fans can get in on the action by tweeting and posting pictures of their favorite moustaches from HBO shows or even growing a moustache to look like one their favorite characters. The @HBONOWTwitter handle will be on the look-out for the best ‘staches all month, sharing Movember-themed content and elevating fans’ posts.

In addition to the Movember Collection on HBO NOW, HBO will also make a contribution to the Movember Foundation and challenge its employees worldwide to help spread awareness for men’s health by either growing their moustaches or joining the MOVE efforts.

The Movember Foundation is the leading global charity raising funds and awareness for men’s health, raising over $650 million and funding 1,000 programs in 21 countries to date. Men and women sign up atMovember.com, and choose to grow, give or MOVE. Men start Movember 1st clean-shaven and grow only a moustache for the month, or men and women can commit to MOVE every day during Movember. After signing up to grow or MOVE, participants get friends, family, or colleagues to donate to their efforts to change the face of men’s health.

Celebrate the ’Stache: 22 HBO Moustaches for Movember features the following iconic characters:

Movember-3Al Swearengen from Deadwood

Movember-6Adam Sackler from Girls

Movember-8Bert/Bertha Hagenbeck in Carnivale

BK from No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Bob Black from Behind the Candelabra

Charlotte York from Sex and the City

Clay Davis from The Wire

Dom Basaluzzo from Looking

Frank Harlow from Big Love  

Movember-4Jemaine and Bret from Flight of the Conchords

Keith Charles from Six Feet Under

Movember-7Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm

Louis Greene from Bored to Death

Movember-2Mike McClintock from Veep

Monty Beragon from Mildred Pierce

Mr. Pfister from Family Tree

Nick Wasicsko from Show Me a Hero

Patsy de la Serda from Getting On

Movember-9Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish from Game of Thrones

Ray Velcoro from True Detective Season 2

Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire

Movember-1Rust Cohle from True Detective Season 1