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(2640) 6.5 119 min 2018

The Public is a movie starring Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, and Emilio Estevez. An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from...

Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone
Emilio Estevez

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Drama
Director Emilio Estevez
Writer Emilio Estevez
Stars Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone
Country USA
Also Known As Nieposłuszni, Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Held
Runtime 1H 59M
Description An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Top reviews

Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 08:17

The Public is a movie that simply will not let you down. What started out as a fairly standard story that was recently taken from the annals of history is changed and re-imagined in a very compelling way, making the movie seem like it was made by a director who simply did not want to leave anything out, or was afraid he would come across as corny or incoherent. The director has an exceptional eye for the story of those who are not fortunate enough to have fortune on their side. The story revolves around a man named Matthew Broderick, played by William H. Macy who is a homeless Vietnam veteran who is given the chance to enroll in Harvard University by his terminally ill wife who has been in a vegetative state for the past five years. Upon his admission he finds himself in the same group as a large group of students and faculty who have been assigned the task of going on an official interview tour for a position in Cambridge. Broderick believes that he has some special something to offer that will help all of them to be able to get into Harvard. Before he knows it he finds himself at Harvard, but his acceptance into the University is being threatened because of the fact that a number of people have committed suicide after being denied admission to Harvard, something which he is adamant that he will not allow. Matthew, who has to stay with his mother because of his illness, gets caught up in the lives of his classmates, most of whom have to deal with the effects of such things as sexual assault, alcoholism, domestic violence and mental illness. Broderick is able to help these people in many different ways, but he has to keep his emotions in check to make it seem like he is not one of them. Throughout the movie we have various discussion's between Broderick and his fellow classmates, but they keep getting off on different topics. In one such conversation, Matthew tells a joke about a boar (which is apparently a famous meme among Harvard students) and we later learn that the joke is not meant to be funny, because it is about an incident in Harvard's past that involved a pig getting lynched. What I found to be interesting about the movie is how the story is constantly being used as a tool for the students to explore themselves in a very non-classical way. The atmosphere at times is quite dark, but there is always a thread of light that shines through, showing that there is more to life than just surviving at Harvard and getting a Harvard degree. There is something about the way that the story is told that really makes you feel like you are part of the story and that you are being watched and that you are not simply part of this group of students, but that you are part of the group of people who are all trying to live a meaningful life. The movie itself is really well done. I have to admit that I had never heard of this movie before it came out. I had heard of the story being told about Broderick, and the fact that he has to face his fears and be strong for the students and not just give in to his fears. I thought that this would be a typical re-make of a movie and that it would be about a rich person going to Harvard. But to my surprise, it was anything but typical. I was stunned that it was an actual feature film. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of Brad Pitt, but he definitely adds a great deal to the movie, giving the movie a very polished, Oscar-winning quality to it. He is the most likable character, and I think it is the fact that you don't really like him that gives the film its power. As for the rest of the cast, I found it to be very impressive. I am not much of a Michael Keaton fan, but he plays the character very well. I thought that all of the actors were very effective, and they all give great performances. The movie also has a very strong atmosphere and if I had to point out a flaw, I would say that there are some very obvious moments of violence. I think that this movie does show what life at Harvard must be like, but I would have preferred a movie that was not set in Harvard, and was set in some other place, so that I wouldn't feel that it was so repetitive.
Monday, 22 Jun 2020 17:32

The Public is a documentary movie about a mother and her teenage daughter. Her daughter, Arla (played by Hailee Steinfeld) is a little girl with Down syndrome. Her mother, Susan (played by Maya Rudolph), is very proud of her daughter. Arla gets invited to play a private school in Sweden where all the children with special needs are well taken care of. She is enrolled there until the day she can be sent back home to the United States. Now she is going to the school in the middle of the country. Her mother tells her not to worry and Arla goes. Arla makes her way to the school, gets her clothes and her medicine. But Arla is worried about not making it in Sweden. So she thinks about going to Sweden and getting her clothes and medicine. That day Arla goes to school and meets lots of people and starts to fall in love with some of them. But she has a hard time in the school. There is only one teacher that understands Arla. She does not understand Arla. So she makes Arla learn how to read and write so that she can fit in the school and communicate. That teacher teaches Arla English so that she can go back to Sweden. The thing that most people don't like about this movie is that there are two countries involved. A mother and her daughter from a country and a teacher from a country. They are really meant to be from different countries and countries don't even belong to each other. It just seems like the movies are talking about the United States and the other countries aren't really involved at all. I am kind of disappointed with this movie because the movies were made to make people feel good. But the movie is really good and I would recommend it to people who are looking for a different movie to watch.
Sunday, 17 May 2020 10:00

A powerful, moving film about the experiences of being a woman in the age of the 20th Century. When watching this film, I had to remind myself that it was by the same director that did "Fahrenheit 9/11", the controversial film that was met with harsh criticism and much ado about what it actually was about. In fact, the only thing that distinguished "Free Women" from "Fahrenheit" was that I really thought it was more about women's rights, and the protests against the suffragettes in the late 19th Century. It is the details that let this film down. After the film is over, I felt I had to have my ears checked, because I heard someone say that it was more about two girls being close friends and the experiences they had with the man. Which seems odd, considering the film is centered around women. For a film that has such a strong political message, the focus on the internal struggles of the characters is very clunky and confusing, and leaves the viewer not really knowing who they are. And to top it all off, the film is so poorly filmed, and doesn't even have a lot of nice cinematography. I am not a fan of Quentin Tarantino, but I do think that this film is very powerful, and could be considered his masterpiece. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the social themes of the 20th Century. Some people have compared the film to "Boiler Room" (1997) and "Last King of Scotland" (2002). I would not compare them, because I thought "Last King" was much better. I gave "Free Women" an 8 out of 10. The same rating I gave to "Fahrenheit 9/11" (although, I personally thought that was much better).
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 11:48

Greetings again from the darkness. The Public is a perfect example of what you can do when the budget is not as tight as you would like it to be. What was a small movie, in its day, with an intimate, close-knit group of people, has become a large movie with many, many stars, and enough people to support a successful release. Even with that little budget, it was interesting, real, compelling, and even beautiful to look at. Perhaps the biggest factor in the public's interest is that it's an incredibly honest movie. No cheap shots, or pokes at the well-being of others. The sheer depth of the subject matter is revealed here. The acting, especially by Will Smith, is astonishing. In a small movie, actors and actresses tend to overact. It's a real shame that Will Smith and Mia Farrow have been given such long lists of awards, and people may not have realized just how good they were. The Public would have been great if Will Smith had received more acting opportunities. He was quite likable, but I never fully understood why. Mia Farrow, however, is at her best in her role. She's very commanding, and just looks as if she has been through hell and back. The narrative of the film is gripping, and the characters are believable. You really understand how important love can be to these people. I was thrilled to see this movie because I believe it could be the most realistic depiction of the AIDS crisis since, well, the Titanic. That alone is an achievement. It's hard to think of a movie about the AIDS crisis, that has the strength of a small town, the simplicity of a small movie, and the drama of a Hollywood movie. Even though it was made with less money, the quality of the movie, and the message it conveys is unparalleled. If you can see the Public on video, or if you are able to see it in a good theater, you must see it. You won't regret it. Thank you to the entire cast and crew of this movie for bringing us something so special.
Saturday, 18 Apr 2020 09:09

I'd heard of the Public before seeing it, and I was curious about this film for several reasons. First and foremost, I really enjoyed Michael Cera's performance, and this was by far the best performance of his career (though a little over the top with a little too much overacting). Second, I really liked the background music that the director and actors were using, it was really moving. Third, I really liked the fact that this was not a typical musical, it was at least two or three different musical scores instead of just one, each score was distinctly different, and I thought they gave it a unique feel. The other things I liked about this movie were the acting, I thought the actors did an excellent job, especially Julia Stiles, whose performance was absolutely amazing. The rest of the cast did an excellent job too, especially Aja, who I felt stole the film. The music was great, I don't know how people can get annoyed with the music, it's totally different and brings a lot to the film. I also like the cinematography, I thought it was great, and the cinematography complimented the score very well. I thought the idea of a documentary film was really great, it helped you relate to the characters more, and showed how the system of the orphanage affects the characters. The entire project was very well done, and I felt very sorry for the actors who had to act so poorly, but that was part of the whole film. I don't think it was an accurate portrayal, and I don't think it was a musical. I think this movie was more of a drama film and a character study film, and I felt really moved by it. I think it's an excellent film, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the musical genre. I give it an 8/10.

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