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Brewvies, fighting the DABC, will show free movies about civil-rights battles

First Published      Last Updated Apr 29 2016 09:08 pm

Brewvies Cinema Pub has decided that fighting the power should be fun.

The booze-serving movie theater — now embroiled in a legal battle with Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control — will present "Brewvies Fights for Civil Rights!" for its weekly Film Buff Night series on Mondays during the month of May.

Brewvies was cited by the DABC earlier this month for violating obscenity laws, for showing the R-rated "Deadpool" — which contains nudity and sexual situations — in a place that serves alcohol. The theater and its lawyer, civil-rights attorney and former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, have filed a federal lawsuit against the DABC, alleging the law violates the theater's First Amendment rights. Brewvies has launched a crowd-funding campaign to pay its legal bills — a campaign that has so far raised more than $20,000 in donations, including a $5,000 donation from "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds.



The series kicks off this Monday, at 10 p.m., with "The People vs. Larry Flynt." The 1996 drama stars Woody Harrelson as the famed pornographer Larry Flynt, fighting legal and personal battles to defend his First Amendment rights to publish Hustler magazine.

Here's the rest of the series:

• "The Majestic" (2001), starring Jim Carrey as a blacklisted screenwriter who hides out in a small town and is mistaken for a lost war hero. (May 9)

• "The Fifth Estate" (2013), a thriller detailing the creation of WikiLeaks, the website responsible for shaming governments and corporations with leaked documents. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange, and Daniel Brühl stars as co-founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg. (May 16)

• "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), which details how CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Straithairn) and his producer, Fred Friendly (George Clooney, who directed) fought to expose the red-baiting tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. (May 23)

• "Footloose" (1984), the filmed-in-Utah classic in which a city teen (Kevin Bacon) fights to overturn a small town's ban on public dancing. (May 30)

All screenings start at 10 p.m., and admission is free. Moviegoers must be 21 or older, because Brewvies serves alcohol.

 

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