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10 Must-See Movies to Watch in the Theater

Sep 1, 2017
by Don Gibble


Jake Gyllenhaul in “Stronger”.September is an amazing month to go to the movies. I’ve selected 10 films you have to see in the theater and not at home. First is “Stronger” starring Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s based on the memoir by Jeff Bauman, a Costco employee whose legs were blown off in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. It opens September 22nd and Gyllenhaal might finally win his Oscar. Next is “Flatliners” starring Oscar-nominated Ellen Page and Nina Dobrev. Inspired by Joel Schumacher’s 1990 film of the same name, this film depicts an ambitious group of med students, led by Page, trying to answer the question, What happens when we die? The original starred Julia Roberts and was fun but this version looks intense and definitely worth seeing in the theater. It opens September 29th.

 Emma Stone and Steve Carell in “Battle of the Sexes”.The third movie I recommend is “Mother!” starring Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer, and directed by the very talented Darren Aronofsky.It centers on a married couple, Lawrence and Javier Bardem, whose relationship is tested when another couple, Pfeiffer and Ed Harris, visits. Opens September 15th. Next is “Battle of the Sexes” starring recent Oscar winner Emma Stone and Steve Carell. They play Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. It’s the story of when they took to the tennis court in 1973 for an intense duel of sport, spectacle and gender equality. Opens September 22nd.

The 5th movie is “American Made” starring Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, the pilot whose flying skills prompted him to double-dip as a drug runner for the Medellin cartel and an informant for the CIA. Opens September 29th.

Next is “Home Again” starring Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and Candice Bergen. Witherspoon plays Alice, a 40-year-old mother of two who moves home after her marriage falls apart. She falls into a relationship with an aspiring filmmaker in his late 20’s. Opens September 8th. The 7th movie is “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” starring Oscar winner Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. This is the sequel to the surprise hit“Kingsman: The Secret Service”. Opens September 22nd. Next is “Victoria & Abdul” starring Oscar winner Judi Dench. In 1997, Dench appeared in “Mrs. Brown” playing Queen Victoria and 20 years later she’s playing Victoria again. Opens September 22nd. The 9th movie is “Rebel in the Rye”. This movie is about famous author J.D. Salinger and his creative process behind writing “The Catcher in the Rye”. Opens September 8th. The 10th movie is “American Assassin” starring Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien. O’Brien plays an assassin looking for revenge. Opens September 15th. Now you can’t say there isn’t anything worthwhile playing in the theater!


For my live theater fans there’s “Chicago” at Napa’s Lucky Penny Theater. Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, “Chicago” tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Runs from September 8th through September 24th. Directed by the very talented Taylor Bartolucci and Barry Martin. Call 707 266-6305 to purchase tickets. The talented John Craven directs“Grace” at the Main Stage West in Sebastopol. Runs from September 8th through September 24th. Main Stage West specializes in theater in an intimate setting. Call 707 823-0177 to purchase tickets.

   Music fans will enjoy George Benson and Kenny G at the Green Music Center September 8th at 7:30 pm. My friend Lisa is a die-hard George Benson fan and is thrilled that the Green Center is hosting this talented musician. The Green Center had an amazing summer especially with Gabriel Iglesias who went over an hour at his performance last month. Call 866 955-6040 for tickets.

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