The Public

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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.

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Consistently engages despite the relative obviousness of its dramatic tactics.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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The dialogue often has a stilted, unnatural ring to it, and it is a tribute to the cast that they manage to bring out the essence of the film, its political heart, so strongly.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Public now comes across as heavy-handed fiction, which creates an emotional disconnection with the very real plight of homelessness...removing politics from the argument, The Public is a reasonably decent comedy/drama.

Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The Public is a feel-good crowd-pleaser about the power of social justice.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The Public is rife with heavy-handed, subtle-as-a-heart-attack type elements designed to perpetuate his agenda...

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Humorous, impactful and poignant. With a little extra tooling, it would also make a great Broadway play.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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