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2020-02-15Feb 15, 2020

The 5th Annual Sonoma County Israeli Film Festival, presented by the JCC takes place March 3-31 at Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol. The festival seeks to nurture an appreciation of Israeli culture in Sonoma County, exploring the human stories and important issues facing Israeli society, and the larger world.The official selections focus on issues of gender identity, love at old age, the pull between secular life, religion, and paganism, and the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

If you haven't had a chance to see Brad Pitt in “Ad Astra” it's still in theaters, and I have many other film reviews. TheMill Valley Film Festival starts October 3rd with “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx. For my live theater fans you still have time to see the fabulous “Gypsy” at 6th Street.

2019-09-23Sep 23, 2019

The 24th Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival Launches October 10th. October 10 – November 12 at The Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. Featuring a Bay Area Premiere on Clean Water, Many Award Winners, a Sing-Along! The festival brings the newest and best of Jewish-themed films to the community, this year exploring the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish culture, and mutual understanding and growth.

2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019

'The read Sea Diving Resort' is a thriller about a deserted Italian resort on the Red Sea that becomes a front for a Mossad run rescue mission. There are times when the truth is stranger than fiction and this story is so bizarre one could not make it up. The basic facts are true. Israeli agents smuggle out Ethiopian Jews who are in refugee camps in the Sudan and bring them to the resort where off shore boats ferry them to Jerusalem. The film examines a little known historical event that happened in the 80's and has recently been de-classified.

2019-09-04Sep 4, 2019

The Documentary “The Edge of democracy about recent events in Brazil had me sitting at the edge of my seat. It chronicles the passage from years of dictatorship to democracy in Brazil.  Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa recounts with old and new footage the rise and fall of democracy in Brazil from 1985 to the present. Now streaming on Netflix.

2020-01-28Jan 28, 2020

If you don't have plans for Oscar Sunday then come to Mountain Mike's pizza in Rohnert Park to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club in Sonoma County. There will be a Joker and Judy Garland costume contest and signature drinks honoring “Judy” and “Joker. Opening February  is “Birds of Prey” starring Margot Robbie,  “Fantasy Island” starring Michael Pena, “The Call of the Wild” starring Harrison Ford and “The Invisible Man” starring Elisabeth Moss.

2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020

The Joker, spawn of the DC Universe, is an arch-villain who has captured the imagination of the American public for decades. He is Batman's nemesis, usually flamboyantly attired, clownish but sinister. The most recent film starring Joaquin Phoenix provides the origin story. Why is this guy so twisted and sadistic? It is brutally nihilistic and audacious in its unpleasantness. Even with its ultimate artistry it is not always easy to watch. The director, Todd Phillips, is mostly known for comedies but in this he goes way beyond solemnity into Shakespearean tragedy. It is a tough act to follow but Joaquin Phoenix lives up to the challenge.

2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019

There are four movies you should see in theaters this month. First is “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B Jordan. Second is “1917” George MacKay,  Dean-Charles Chapman,  Mark Strong, Andrew Scott,  Richard Madden,  Claire Duburcq,  with Colin Firth, and  Benedict Cumberbatch. Next is  “Dolittle” with Robert Downey Jr.  Finally the much anticipated return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in  “Bad Boys For Life”.

2019-12-22Dec 22, 2019

The Irishman  features not only an Academy Award winning director but an A-list, Oscar winning cast as well. It was released in theaters last month and two weeks later it was available for streaming on Netflix. Martin Scorsese's grand mob saga takes us down many familiar paths but he has also forged some new paths too. The scene opens with Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), the titular Irishman, misappropriating slabs of meat and the story carefully details his slippery slide from petty grifter to preferred "hit man". he also buddies up with Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino)

2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019
2019-10-29Oct 29, 2019

This is the month most of you celebrate Thanksgiving with your families. There are twelve movies hitting your local theater worth seeing. 

2019-10-23Oct 23, 2019

Luciano Pavarotti had a magnificent, a glorious voice but that is not what made him great. He had a flamboyant charm and was larger than life, an actor who could transmute poignancy on stage with his arias conveying vitality, electricity. He took the art form out of the realm of the elites and the snobs and placed it into the arms of the masses where it most justifiably belongs because that is where it was born. Director, Ron Howard weaves Pavarotti's story together with clips from his performances.

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

This moving presentation takes a fresh look at a pivotal event in American history from 1916–1920.  Iron Jawed Angels tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul, played by Hilary Swank, and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O’Connor, took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

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