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12 Days of Movies & 3 plays to Savor!

Nov 22, 2018
by Don Gibble


We finally made it to December! The best month for movies. Everyone loves the iconic song,”12 Days of Christmas”. So I made a list for all you movie lovers. 

12 Days of Movies. 

The first movie you have to see is  “Aquaman”.  The ruler of Atlantis, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface. Opening December 21. 

Also opening December 21 is  “Holmes and Watson”  starring John C Reilly and Will Farrell. Fans of “Stepbrothers” will be seeing this comedy opening night! 

Third is  “Mary Poppins Returns”  which opens Christmas Day. Directed by Rob Marshall, this sequel showcases the grown up Jane and Michael Banks who are visited by their former nanny. This will definitely become a Disney classic. 

Also opening Christmas Day is  “On the Basis of Sex”.   Directed by Mimi Leder. Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) teams with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a groundbreak case before the US Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. 

The 5th film is  “Welome to Marwen”  directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Steve Carell as a victim of a violent assault who constructs a miniature World War II village in his yard to help in his recovery. Opens December 21st.

 6Th film is  “Mary Queen of Scots”  directed by Josie Rourke. Margot Robbie stars as Queen Elizabeth 1. Saoirse Ronan plays Mary Stuart, Queen Elizabeth's cousin who finds herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. This could be the year Ronan wins her first Oscar! Opens December 7th. 

7Th film is  “The Mule”  directed by Clint Eastwood. Eastwood stars as a 90 year old horticulturist and WW11 veteran who is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. Opens December 14th. 

8Th film is  “Second Act”  directed by Peter Segel. Jennifer Lopez plays a woman who reinvents her life and life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do. “This is Us” fans will love that Milo Ventimiglia plays Jennifer's love interest. Opens December 21st. 

Also opening December 21st is  “Bird Box”  directed by Susanne Bier. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river. 

10Th film is  “Vice”  directed by Adam McKay. The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful Vice President in history. Co-starring my friend, Sam Rockwell. Opening Christmas Day. 

11Th film is  “The House That Jack Built”  starring Matt Dillon as Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer over the course of 12 years and depicts the murders that truly develop Jack as a serial killer. Opens December 28th. 

12Th film is  “Stan & Ollie”  directed by Jon S Baird. Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C Reilly), the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song. Also opening December 28th.

For my live theater fans we have a lot to be thankful for!

First we have “Annie” at the  6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa. It runs from now to December 22nd. Three favorite local actors star. Daniela Innocenti Beem as Miss Hannigan and Larry Williams as Daddy Warbucks and Trevor Hoffman as Bert Healy. Call 707 523 4185 for more information. 

The very talented Argo Thompson directs  “Every Brilliant Thing”  at the  Left Edge Theater located at the  Luther Burbank Center.  Runs from now to December 9th. Call 707 546 3600 for more information. 

Tony award winner “Dear Evan Hanson” runs December 5th through December 30  at the   Curran Theater in San Francisco. This show is a must see! Call 415 358 1220 for tickets. Email me with any 



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