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Film and Theater Review

Entertainment for the Holidays

Nov 24, 2017
by Don Gibble


 Daisy Ridley in Star Wars the Last Jedi.Opens December 15. Carrie Fisher, who died last December, makes her final appearance. In this new film, her character Leia is leading her scatter-shot Resistance, cut off from the Republic, whose leadership was obliterated in “The Force Awakens”. She’s also mourning Hans Solo and his murder at the hands of their son, Kylo Ren, who has fully fallen to the dark side. We are lucky to have so many theaters in Sonoma County to choose from to see this epic film. The Airport theater in Santa Rosa has the new amazing seats and the best parking. For some of you this is the only movie you wil lsee this holiday season so see it at the Airport!

Also opening in December is “Pitch Perfect 3” starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel WilsonThe Bellas are back! The first two movies were so enjoyable I’m excited to spend 2 hours and get lost with the music. This opens December 22. Also opening December 22 is “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig. This movie is very unique because it’s about an overpopulated world and scientists shrink humans to pocket size. Hopefully this movie will be better than the last movie with Matt Damon, “Suburbicon” which was very disappointing. Opening December 25 is “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. This movie chronicles P.T. Barnum’s rags-to-riches tale as a musical, but with a twist: the songs sound like contemporary Top 40 hits. This movie should be seen by the whole family!

 Cast of Little WomenFor my theater fans we have a lot to celebrate in December. Let’s start with Spreckels in Rohnert Park. They are continuing with “Little Women, the Musical” which ends December 17. It’s directed by Michael Ross and book by Allan Knee, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. For tickets call 707 588-3400. At the 6th Street Playhouse  “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” premieres December 1 and goes through 23. Call 707 523-3544 for tickets. For fans of  “The Nutcracker” you can see it this year in Cloverdale. Opens December 1 and closes December 10 at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Call 707 829-2214 for tickets.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts offers Mannheim Steamroller Christmas byChip Davis on November 29 and Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular December 1 through the 3rd and Tony Bennett appears December 5. Call 707 546 3600 for tickets.Chris Isaak fans will be happy to hear that he is appearing in Napa at the Uptown Theatre on December 7. Call 707 259 0123 for tickets.

Have a happy and relaxing Christmas!


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