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Emilio Estevez’s film transports us into the world of a Cincinnatti public  library simply called The Public. The film builds slowly as we get to meet head librarian Stuart Goodson (Emilio Estevez),  librarian colleague Myra (Jena Malone) and  get to know some of the patrons who frequent the library regularly.

We see that there is a bit of tension, friendly enough though, between Stuart and Myra. We also notice that many of the regulars are scruffy and bedraggled looking. We see some of them using the bathroom to tidy themselves up a little and make themselves a bit respectable.

At this point, I am wondering where the film is going to go with its portrayal. What I do know is that  the world being portrayed feels very authentic to me. One group that public libraries attract is people from a low income with the free wi fi, the warm air conditioning, the comfortable seating, and the endless books,  magazines and cds to look at. Continue reading THE PUBLIC : A FILM BY EMILIO ESTEVEZ


THE PUBLIC is a new drama, written by, directed by and starring Emilio Estevez. It’s a film with plenty of social relevance as  the spectre of homelessness and social disadvantage looms ever larger.

Also starring  Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling and Christian Slater, THE PUBLIC, takes place in downtown Cincinnati during a particularly bitter winter where an Arctic blast has made its way to the front doors of the Public Library – where most of the film’s action takes place.

The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalised, as well as the exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who have not infrequently built emotional connections with these regular patrons, along with a sense of obligation to care for them.  At odds with library officials as to how to handle the extreme weather the patrons turn the building into a homeless 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-judgement by media who keep speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles the incredibly challenging issues of homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

THE PUBLIC is due to release in cinemas on Thursday 1st August, 2019.

Sydney Arts Guide has ten in season double passes to give away to Estevez’s provocative film.  To enter the draw email the Editor on editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. Put The Public Promotion in the subject heading of your email. Please remember to put your postal address in  the body of your email. Winners will be advised by email. 




MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT in Cinemas from 2nd August 2018

This message will self-destruct in . . . and unlike those official 24 James Bond movies, the sixth movie in this Action-Adventure-Thriller movie franchise, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT the IMF Team is now hunted by enemy assassins and former allies, the movie contains four very dangerous elaborate set pieces, and has so many intense long-duration major action sequences with awesome realistic death-defying stunts, that easily allow the audience to suspend disbelief. Recommended.

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

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Yes, he’s back. It is a more mollified humane Tom Cruise who once again fights the Syndicate and The Establishment. The Syndicate aims for a new world order by upsetting the status quo using acts of terrorism.  The  Establishment, like all establishments, is in complete denial.

This is a super action packed MISSION. And it has something in it for everyone…

For the woman of today, there is Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Fergusen), a double agent thwarted by both her male bosses, -confident, combative and  assertive, an unbelievable bike rider, at times soft and caring, and the very equal of Cruise.

Nerds get a look in with Benjie (Simon Pegg), Cruise’s slightly fumbling yet totally loyal sidekick. The Establishment is ably represented by Alec Baldwin. The ultimate IT expert is an Afro American Luther Strikell, (Ving Rhames) and the Nice Guy is William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). They all up gang up against the Schoolyard Bully, the embodiment of Evil, an Englishman by the name of Soloman Lane (Sean Harris).

Oh, and for good measure Opera Fans get to see a bit of Turandot.

This is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and there are a few laughs on the way. Like all Mission movies the willing suspension of disbelief is required but the audience didn’t seem to mind doing that too much. We all know how a Mission will finish, but this movie has genuine tension and suspense.

It all ends with the heroine driving off in her shiny black BMW convertible, a taut look over her shoulder as she says to Ethan Hunt  “….you know where to find me.”

We saw this movie at the Event cinema in the City, in Atmos Dolby. The sound surround Audio and the slightly curved screen gave the movie great oomph. If you are a Mission devotee or just hanker for some big hearted big deal action cinema go and see it..and see it in Atmos Dolby! And if you are into Rotten Tomatoes the rating is 94%.