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Film and Theater Review

Love and the Oscars

Feb 6, 2018
by Don Gibble


Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriWelcome to February, where we celebrate love and Oscar nominations! If you remember in my column last month I was hoping Sam Rockwell would win best supporting actor for his work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at the Golden Globe Awards. Well my friends he won! I also hoped he would be nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor and he got the nomination which makes him the first graduate from the San Francisco School of the Arts to be nominated for an Academy Award. Very exciting.

This Valentine’s Day weekend I suggest taking your sweetheart to the movies and catch one of the nominees for best picture which include “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”,“The Shape Of Water”and for you Meryl Streep fans, “The Post”. Meryl broke her own record with receiving her 21st nomination! Steven Spielberg was snubbed for his direction of “The Post” but made room for Greta - best supporting actor Gerwig, director of “Lady Bird”. This is her first time directing a film and it would be awesome if she won. Other snubs include Armie Hammer for“Call Me By Your Name” and Holly Hunter for her brilliant work in“The Big Sick”.

Movies opening this month include “Winchester” starring Helen Mirren. If you have ever visited the Winchester Mystery House you’ll definitely want to catch this movie. It opens February 2nd. “Fifty Shades Freed” opens February 9th. Hopefully this sequel is better than the last one. “The 15:17 to Paris” also opens February 9th and is directed by Clint Eastwood who recently turned 87 years old. God bless him! For the kids, “Peter Rabbit” also opens February 9th and stars Rose Byrne and Daisy Ridley. Opening February 16th is the long awaited “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan. Opening February 23rd is “Game Night” starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. Also opening February 23rd is “War With Grandpa” starring one of my favorite actors, Robert DeNiro.

For my live theater fans it’s a busy month starting with“Honky Tonk Angels” at 6th Street Playhouse.(READ Akexa Chipman’s REVIEW) If you pic up the paper after Feb 4th - you missed it! so you should call 707 523-4185 to see if there are still tickets. Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday-Sunday at 2pm. It’s written by Ted Swindley who also wrote “Always... Patsy Cline” and stars one of my favorite actresses, Daniela Innocenti-Beem.

At Spreckels Performing Arts, there’s “Music Man Jr.” for the kids. It plays this weekend at 7pm both Friday and Saturday. Call 707 588-3400 for tickets. It’s directed by Karen Pinomahi and musical direction by Sandy Riccardi. Opening February 9th is “South Pacific” and closes February 25. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call 707-588-3400 for tickets. It’s directed by Jim Coleman and musical direction by Nancy Hayashibara.

Cat On A Hot Tin RoofAt the Rialto Theater in Sebastopol you can catch“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” starring Sienna Miller on February 22nd. It’s part of their National Theater Live series. For those of you who can’t go to New York to see a Broadway show, this is close to the real thing.

Fans of Aerosmith can see Aerosmith at House of Rock this Saturday. Call 707 709-6039 for more info. Fans of Johnny Mathis can see the real thing at the Luther Burbank Center February 15th. Call 707 546-3600 for more info.

See you at the theater!


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