The Public

Director: Emilio Estevez Run Time: 122 min. Release Year: 2019

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Bret Aaron Knower, Brian Gallagher, Christian Slater, Emilio Estevez, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Michael K. Williams, Richard T. Jones, Spencer Garrett, Taylor Schilling

Ensemble drama inspired by a 2007 LA Times story written by Chip Ward. “The Public” is the nickname given to one of the central characters in the film: The Los Angeles Public Library. The story revolves around the library inhabitants, many of whom are mentally ill, who seek shelter and warmth inside its walls during two of the coldest days in recent memory.