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Film and Theater Reviews by Don Gibble

Film and Theater Reviews

Apr 27, 2017
by Don Gibble



When I think of May, the first thing that pops up in my mind is Mother’s Day. I am very fortunate that my mom loves movies almost as much as I do so our tradition is to go to a movie on Mother’s Day. This Mother’s Day, Goldie Hawn will star in her first movie in 15 years! It’s called “Snatched”. It also stars Amy Schumer who hit a home run last year with “Trainwreck”. I’m a huge Goldie Hawn fan so I’m very excited.

Opening May 5th is “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana with a cameo by Kurt Russell. The original did so well this sequel will smash records. Also opening May 5th is “Three Generations” starring Susan SarandonElle Fanning and Naomi Watts. Remember to bring your Kleenex!

Opening May 19th is “Alien: Covenant” starring Michael Fassbender and directed by Ridley Scott. Fans of the “Alien” franchise will no doubt be going to see this opening night.

Opening May 26th are “Baywatch” andPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”. “Pirates” is the most successful franchise in movie history so be prepared for long lines. With the recent disappointment of “CHIPS” I predict that “Baywatch” will fail miserably up against the new “Pirates” film.

The San Francisco Film Festival recently ended and one of the highlights was the tribute to Ethan Hawke. It’s hard to believe how many amazing movies he has made. Another highlight was the premiere of “People You May Know” starring musician Usher Raymond. Usher plays himself which is hard to do. Another amazing movie that premiered during the festival was “Walking Out” starring Matt Bomer. If you missed“ The Promise” or “Gifted” last month, you still have a chance since they are still playing in theaters.


This is a fun filled month at the theater. The North Bay premiere of “Tarzan” opens at Spreckels May 5th and closes May 21. Directed by Gene Abravaya and David L. Yen, this show is perfect for the whole family. Choreography by Michella Snider and costumes by Pamela Enz. For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707 588-3400.

The Shelton Theater in San Francisco continues with “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”Charlie Brown and Snoopy fans will love this show. It closes May 20th. Call 415 577-7633 for tickets.

The Curran in San Francisco continues with “The Encounter”. This show is one of the most immersive theater pieces ever created. Directed and performed by Simon McBurney, this solo performance traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using 3D audio technology to build an intimate and shifting world of sound. Go to the Curran’s website for more information.

6th Street Playhouse continues with “The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman and directed by the very talented Lennie Dean. It closes May 7th. Go to the 6th Street Playhouse website for more information.

The SR Junior College continues with “In the Heights”. Winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. It closes May 7th. Call 707 527-4307 for more information. Please READ Harry Duke's REVIEW: In the Heights at SRJC

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