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Film and Theater Review by Don Gibble - October 2016


Film and Theater Review - October 2016

The Mill Valley Film Festival opens October 6th with “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. For those of you who have never been to a film festival, it’s an amazing filmgoing experience. After the movie, there is a question and answer with the director and some of the actors. If you are an Amy Adams fan, go online and buy your ticket to opening nigh before it sells out. The second film I am excited about this year is “American Pastoral” on October 9th. It stars Ewan McGregor and Dakota Fanning. McGregor also directed the film. Another film you should see is “20th Century Women” starring Annette Bening and Elle Fanning. It shows on October 13th. Fans of Miles Teller will have to go see his new film, “Bleed For This” showing October 15th. Aaron Eckhart also stars and will be at the festival. The closing night film on October 16th, “Loving” starring Joel Edgerton will definitely be a front runner at next year’s Oscars and you can tell your friends you saw the film in October! The Mill Valley Film Festival is one of the most fun and organized film festivals in the country and it’s in your backyard. Definitely go online and check it out.

The Good PlaceMovies opening locally this month are “The Girl on the Train” based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel and starring Emily Blunt. It opens October 7th. I’m excited about “The Accountant” starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and recent Oscar winner, J.K. Simmons. It opens October 14th. Tom Cruise fans will be happy that the sequel to “Jack Reacher” opens October 21st. If you missed “American Pastoral” at the Mill Valley Film Festival it opens locally October 21st. Tom Hanks fans will be happy to know his long awaited film, “Inferno” opens October 28th. If you haven’t seen Hanks in “Sully” then see them both as a double feature! “Sully” will definitely be up for many Oscar nominations. IF you haven’t seen “Snowden” you still have a chance.

For my live theater fans there are two amazing shows opening this month. Locally there is “Titanic, the Musical” at Spreckels in Rohnert Park. Running from October 14th through October 30th. For ticket information go to the Spreckels website. The other show is “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco. Running from October 2nd through October 30th. Darren Criss, star of “Glee” takes on the lead role of Hedwig made popular by Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway. The show runs one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. Go online for ticket information.

There are many new primetime shows that premiered in the last few weeks but only a few are worth watching. Ted Danson fans will be happy with his new sitcom, “The Good Place” also starring Kristen Bell. You can see it Thursday nights on NBC at 8:30pm. Another new show worth watching is “Notorious” also Thursday nights on ABC at 9pm. Fans of Eddie Cahill, star of “CSI: NY” will be happy with his new show, “Conviction” on ABC Mondays 10pm. 

Email me your favorite tv shows and I will give you my opinion next month.