Basie Center Cinemas lines up annual free film series honoring Black History Month

Black History Month Free Film Series
Basie Center Cinemas
, the Count Basie Center’s independent twin cinema located on White Street in downtown Red Bank, has announced titles for its annual Black History Month Free Film Series.

Tickets for all screenings are free, and are available in advance at and the cinema box office.

Friday, February 16 | 7PM
Starring Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson and Cedric The Entertainer • Director: Tim Story
A smart comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin (Ice Cube), who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and a waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father’s vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out.
Rated  PG-13

Sunday, February 18 | 1:30PM
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Nicole Beharie • Director: Brian Helgeland
In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.
Rated PG-13

Friday, February 23 | 4:30PM
Starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen • Director: Peter Farrelly
Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.
Rated PG-13

Sunday, February 25 | 4PM
Starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer • Director: Ryan Coogler
Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story.
Rated R