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Film and Theater Review by Don Gibble - December 2016

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Film and Theater Review - December 2016

Photo above: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”

The Napa Valley Film Festival was amazing as always. The highlights were “Lion” starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Patel definitely deserves an Oscar nomination. “Bleed For This” is another Oscar worthy film. Aaron Eckhart is unrecognizable in his role. The Sundance Film Festival is in January and for those of you who have never been I will be hosting a group of 15 for an unbelievable Sundance experience. You get to ski during the day and see movies at night and the director and cast answer your questions during the Q and A. Celebrities who attended last Sundance include: Molly Shannon, Nick Jonas, Rebecca Hall, Ellen Page, Kristen Stewart, Allison Janney, Jason Ritter, Viggo Mortensen and Logan Lerman. Email me for more information: Dongibblecast@hotmail,com.

Matthew McConaughey in “Gold”Movies you have to see in the theater this month include “La La Land” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It opens December 2. Halle Berry fans will be happy she is back in the thriller, “Kidnap”, also opening December 2. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman star in “Office Christmas Party” opening December 9. Natalie Portman can win another Oscar for playing the title role in “Jackie”. It also opens December 9. Star Wars fans will be excited to see “Rogue One” starring Forest Whitaker opening December 16. Can Will Smith finally win his Oscar? He might for his starring role in “Collateral Beauty” also opening December 16. It’s not December without a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. She stars in “Passengers” with Chris Pratt.
It opens December 21. Matthew McConaughey stars in 2 movies opening December 21. First is the animated “Sing” also starring the voice of Reese Witherspoon and second is “Gold” which can earn him an Oscar nomination. Finally, there’s “Fences” starring Denzel Washington opening Christmas Day. Viola Davis also stars. If you haven’t seen “Hacksaw Ridge” yet you still have a chance. Christmas is the perfect time to catch a movie with the family. Start a tradition.


Forest Whitaker in “Rogue One”

Christmas is also a perfect time to go to the theater, Continuing at Spreckels in Rohnert Park is “Peter and the Star Catcher” directed by the very talented David Yen. Call 707 588 2226 for more information. It closes December 18. If you haven’t seen David Yen in “Santaland Diaries” you can this year at 6th Street Playhouse. It opens December 2nd and closes December 18th. Call 707- 523-4185 for more information. This is the season of “The Nutcracker”. It’s a show perfect for the whole family.

Locally you can see it at Analy High School in Sebastopol. This is the 25th year the Sebastopol Ballet performs the classic. Go to sebastopolballet.com for tickets. If you’ve already seen that version then go to the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco or see the Berkeley Ballet at the Regents’ Theater in Oakland. If  “The Nutcracker” isn’t for you then go to the Luther Burbank Center For the Arts in Santa Rosa to see Donny & Marie December 16th Memories will definitely be made!