The affecting drama “Freeheld” opens Oct. 9 at the Ritz Five. The film is based on the true story (and Oscar-winning short documentary) about Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a dedicated detective in Seaside Heights, N.J., who must fight for justice when her legal domestic partner, Stacie (Ellen Page), is denied pension benefits after Laurel developed terminal cancer. Although domestic partnerships were legal in the state at the time, the Freeholders of Ocean County had the power to determine the pension benefits for state employees in legal same-sex partnerships. Their refusal to grant Laurel’s earned pension benefits to Stacie would likely force Stacie out of her house.

Out filmmaker Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” opening at the Ritz East theatre Sept. 25, is more ambitious than good. In fact, at times it is not even particularly good, but downright cringe-inducing.

Let’s be honest. The only time Berks County registers with some people is when there is inclement weather. But Berks gets a bum rap. The largest city in the county is Reading, and most of what people think they know about it goes back years or decades. Ask them what else is in Berks County and you can bet you’ll get zero answers.

Pope-a-geddon. Pope-ocalypse. Pope-apalooza.

Call it what you want. Pope Francis is definitely the coolest pope we’ve had in a long time, but he really knows how to cramp a city’s style and infrastructure, not unlike a massive blizzard or hurricane.

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