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October is Film Festival Month

Sep 27, 2017
by Don Gibble


Photo above: Holly Hunter in "The Big Stick"

October is a huge month for movies and if you couldn’t make the Sundance Film Festival in January, you have the opportunity to go to the best film festival in the bay area in Mill Valley. The 40th annual Mill Valley Film Festival opens October 5th and closes October 15th. You have the opportunity to see Sean Penn in person at his tribute October 7th at the Smith Rafael Film Center. Are you a fan of Kristin Scott Thomas? Then you have to go to her tribute October 6th, also at the Smith Rafael Film Center. Holly Hunter recently appeared in the hit film,“The Big Sick”, and you can see her in person at her tribute on October 8th also at the Smith Rafael Film Center. The opening night film is “Darkest Hour”which tells the story of Winston Churchill’s rise to power as Prime Minister. The opening night gala is immediately after and tickets to both is $125. You can still get tickets at Closing night film is“Ladybird”, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saorise Ronan. The closing night party is right after and tickets to both is $85. Tickets available at

Julianne Moore and Matt Damon in Suburbicon.At your local theaters this month we have “Suburbicon” starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore and directed by George Clooney. Damon plays a ‘50s-era dad who is a victim of a home invasion. Clooney says the film starts out like a Disney film and by the end, it feels like an acid trip. It opens October 27th. Coming out October 6th is the long-awaited sequel to “Blade Runner”. It’s called “Blade Runner 2049”. Starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Very excited about this one. Jackie Chan fans will be happy to know he is starring in his first drama called “The Foreigner” opening October 13th. Chan plays a despondent immigrant who sets out to hunt down those responsible for the terrorist attack that killed his daughter. Also opening October 13th is “Marshall” starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall. This is Boseman’s third biopic in a row after playing Jackie Robinson in “42” and James Brown in “Get On Up”. This film focuses on early in the Supreme Court Justice’s career. Another opening October 13th is “Goodbye Christopher Robin”. Few know the story behind the childhood staple, Winnie-the-Pooh. Set just after World War I, this story follows author A.A. Milne, who’s returned from war damaged and downtrodden. Opening October 6th is “The Mountain Between Us” starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. It’s about a surgeon and photojournalist fight for their lives and falling in love. Finally, opening October 27th is “Thank You For Your Service” starring Miles Teller in a true story about the scars of war and the struggle to re-acclimate to postwar life.

For my live theater fans we have the world premiere of David Templeton’s “Mary Shelley’s Body” starring Sheri Lee Miller at Main Stage Wes in Sebastopol. Opens October 13th and ends October 29th. Call 707 823-0177 for more information. Fans of “Spamalot” will be happy that Spreckels in Rohnert Park will be opening this fun musical directed by the very talented David L. Yen October 13th and ends October 29th. Call 707 588-3400 for more information. One of my favorite plays by Arthur Miller is “The Crucible” and will be playing at Lucky Penny Productions in Napa. Opening October 20th and closes November 5th. Call 707 266-6305 for more information. The best Halloween theme show in Sonoma County is back! “Monster Bash” returns on October 27th through October 29th at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Produced by North Bay Stage Company. Call 707 546-3600 for more information. Have a safe and fun Halloween Sonoma County!


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