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Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix in The Sisters Brothers

Goodbye Summer!

Aug 27, 2018
by Don Gibble


I can’t believe Summer is over! The great thing about September is that the Oscar caliber films start coming out. The one I’m excited about is “The Sisters Brothers” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal. It follows two brothers who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. Both Phoenix and Gyllenhall are due an Oscar. This comes out September 21st. Also coming out September 21st is “The House With a Clock in its Walls” starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. It’s a tale of a recently orphaned 10 year old boy who discovers a world of hidden passageways in his uncle’s old house. Opening September 7th is “Peppermint” starring Jennifer Garner who’s husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive by. Garner wakes up from a coma and spend years learning to become a lethal killing machine. Fans of “Alias” will love seeing Garner in this movie. Opening September 14th is “White Boy Rick” starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Set in 1980’s Detroit at the height of the Crack epidemic and the War on Drugs. The movie is based on the moving true story of a blue collar father and his teenage son who became an undercover police informant. Also opening September 14th is “A Simple Favor” starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Centers around Stephanie who seekd to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance. A remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Predator” also opens September 14th. It stars Thomas Jane and Olivia Munn.

Night School starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany HaddishOpening September 28th is “Night School” starring the very popular . This comedy follows a group of misfits who attend night school in the long shot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

   The Los Angeles Film Festival opens September 20th and runs through September 28th. The film I’m excited about is “Brian Banks” starring Greg Kinnear and Sherri Shepherd. Based on a true story, a young football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is falsely accused of rape and sent to prison. Go to for more information.

For my LIVE THEATER fans: September is very busy. First we have the triumphant return of America’s favorite musical, “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco. Features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown. Runs from September 5th through September 30th. Call 888 746 1799 for more information. If you’re a die hard “Phantom” fan you need to go “Broadway Backwards” on September 24th which features the casts of the national tours of “The Phantom of the Opera” and Gloria Estefan’s “On Your Feet”. This is a benefit for  The Richmond/Ermet AID Foundation. Will be at Marines’ Memorial Theater at 7:30pm. INFO 415 273 1620.

Speaking of The Richmond/Ermet AID Foundation, their annua l“Help is on the Way Concert & Gala” on August 19th was absolutely amazing. The standouts were Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Davis Gaines, who played The Phantom over 2,000 times on Broadway. My favorite was Kimberley Locke of “American Idol” who performed “Over the Rainbow”. Gloria Estefan’s “On Your Feet” opens September 11th and closes October 7th at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco. Call 888 746 1799 for more information.

Fans of “Guys and Dolls” will be happy that 6th Street Playhouse is opening this classic September 14th and closes October 7th. This show is jam packed with big, flashy numbers like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”. Call 707 523 4185 for more information.Don Gibble


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