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2020-03-12Mar 12, 2020

This year the Doc Fest brings films from 49 countries which will be screened at two venues: Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Rialto Cinemas®. Due to circumstances related to the corona virus, SDFF 2020 has been postponed, and tickets sales have been suspended. Please watch our website for more information as it develops. the meanwhile Watch the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2020 Teaser video by Jane Winslow @ Original Music by Tyler Carson from Living Music

2019-10-29Oct 29, 2019

This is the month most of you celebrate Thanksgiving with your families. There are twelve movies hitting your local theater worth seeing. 

2019-10-23Oct 23, 2019

Luciano Pavarotti had a magnificent, a glorious voice but that is not what made him great. He had a flamboyant charm and was larger than life, an actor who could transmute poignancy on stage with his arias conveying vitality, electricity. He took the art form out of the realm of the elites and the snobs and placed it into the arms of the masses where it most justifiably belongs because that is where it was born. Director, Ron Howard weaves Pavarotti's story together with clips from his performances.

2020-02-27Feb 27, 2020

As a beginners' guide to Arctic thaw and its consequences, this is pretty exemplary stuff. Ice on Fire keeps the narration from DiCaprio to a minimum, bedding it over high-definition footage, often shot with drones or using time-lapse techniques, under the direction of cinematographer Harun Mehmedinovic.”  OUR VERY OWN Raymond Baltar, RFFI’s North Coast Biochar Project Manager, is interviewed in the film on location about RFFI’s forest-based biochar project which converts competing hardwoods into biochar.

2020-02-26Feb 26, 2020

We lived history last month when “Parasite” won best picture at the Academy Awards. It was the first time a foreign film won in that category. As you remember, I predicted “1917” would win best picture. I'm rarely wrong. I was right on all acting categories. I was very happy Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”. I was definitely happy that Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar for “Joker”. I also predicted that Renee Zellweger would win for “Judy” and Laura Dern would win for “Marriage Story”.  Opening in movie theaters March is, Onward, Spenser Confidential, The Way Back, Big Time Adolescence, A Quiet Place 2 and Mulan. 

2020-02-15Feb 15, 2020

The 5th Annual Sonoma County Israeli Film Festival, presented by the JCC takes place March 3-31 at Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol. The festival seeks to nurture an appreciation of Israeli culture in Sonoma County, exploring the human stories and important issues facing Israeli society, and the larger world.The official selections focus on issues of gender identity, love at old age, the pull between secular life, religion, and paganism, and the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

2020-01-28Jan 28, 2020

If you don't have plans for Oscar Sunday then come to Mountain Mike's pizza in Rohnert Park to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club in Sonoma County. There will be a Joker and Judy Garland costume contest and signature drinks honoring “Judy” and “Joker. Opening February  is “Birds of Prey” starring Margot Robbie,  “Fantasy Island” starring Michael Pena, “The Call of the Wild” starring Harrison Ford and “The Invisible Man” starring Elisabeth Moss.

2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020

The Joker, spawn of the DC Universe, is an arch-villain who has captured the imagination of the American public for decades. He is Batman's nemesis, usually flamboyantly attired, clownish but sinister. The most recent film starring Joaquin Phoenix provides the origin story. Why is this guy so twisted and sadistic? It is brutally nihilistic and audacious in its unpleasantness. Even with its ultimate artistry it is not always easy to watch. The director, Todd Phillips, is mostly known for comedies but in this he goes way beyond solemnity into Shakespearean tragedy. It is a tough act to follow but Joaquin Phoenix lives up to the challenge.

2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019

There are four movies you should see in theaters this month. First is “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B Jordan. Second is “1917” George MacKay,  Dean-Charles Chapman,  Mark Strong, Andrew Scott,  Richard Madden,  Claire Duburcq,  with Colin Firth, and  Benedict Cumberbatch. Next is  “Dolittle” with Robert Downey Jr.  Finally the much anticipated return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in  “Bad Boys For Life”.

2019-12-22Dec 22, 2019

The Irishman  features not only an Academy Award winning director but an A-list, Oscar winning cast as well. It was released in theaters last month and two weeks later it was available for streaming on Netflix. Martin Scorsese's grand mob saga takes us down many familiar paths but he has also forged some new paths too. The scene opens with Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), the titular Irishman, misappropriating slabs of meat and the story carefully details his slippery slide from petty grifter to preferred "hit man". he also buddies up with Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino)

2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019

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