The Help

Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in "The Help." 

Maya Cinemas is celebrating Black History Month with free screenings of some outstanding films.

On Saturday, the theater is showing "42," a film taking place in 1946 about how Branch Rickey, legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the team. The act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players.

On Feb. 17, the theater is showing "The Color Purple," a tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. Throughout her tough life, Celie perseveres by holding on to her dream of reuniting with her sister in Africa.

On Feb. 24, "The Help" is showing. The movie takes place in the 1960s. A Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter returns from college with dreams of being a writer, and she begins interviewing the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. It turns out, they have quite a lot to say.

Tickets are only available at the box office while supplies last. All three movies begin at noon.

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