The Public isn't anywhere near the best film of the year, but I can't think of a better time and place than The Flicks on Thursday, July 25, to see this engaging film and be part of a more engaging post-screening conversation. When I first saw The Public at TIFF last September, I mustered up some middling admiration for the film co-starring Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. But my greater interest for the film's overheated tension came when police attempt to roust the homeless from a public library and into a sub-freezing winter on the streets. You may ultimately forget the film, but it's an evening well-spent when you dive into the debate the ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots, civil disobedience and human decency. The fact that too many people have frozen to death on Boise's streets makes this event a must-attend.

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