06 Dec 18
Marin Independent Journal
Opening this week
“At Eternity’s Gate”: Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him. With Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac. Directed by Julian Schnabel. (1:50) PG-13.
“The Favourite”: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. With Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. (1:59) R.
“Mirai”: A young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future. With Haru Kuroki, Moka Kamishiraishi, Gen Hoshino. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. (1:38) PG.
Belvedere Tiburon Library: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon; 415-789-2665; beltiblibrary.org. Dec. 13: Tiburon Film Society presents “Olancho.” 6:30 p.m.
Lark Theater: 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; 415-924-5111; larktheater.net. Dec. 8: “National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra.” 1 p.m.; Dec. 9: “Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote.” 1 p.m.; Dec. 9: “Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours 4th LoveLive! Sailing to the Sunshine.” 4:20 p.m.; Dec. 11: “Served Like a Girl.” Noon; Dec. 12: “The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68.” 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12: “This is Spinal Tap.” 9 p.m.; Dec. 13: “The Winter’s Tale: Shakespeare’s Globe.” 6:30 p.m.
San Rafael Public Library: 1100 E St., San Rafael; 415-485-3321. Dec. 12: Sundown Cinema presents “Hearts Beat Loud,” followed by discussion. 6:30 p.m.
Smith Rafael Film Center: 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael; 415-454-1222; rafaelfilm.cafilm.org. Dec. 9: “The Royal Opera: Die Walküre.” Noon; Dec. 13: “Somm 3,” followed by panel discussion with wine industry experts. 7 p.m. Wine tasting at 6 p.m.
“Beautiful Boy”: West Marin teenager Nicolas Sheff seems to have it all — good grades, editor of the school newspaper, actor, artist and athlete. When Nic’s addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, his desperate father does whatever he can to save his son and his family. With Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen. (2:00) R.
“Bohemian Rhapsody”: A celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. With Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy. Directed by Bryan Singer. (2:14) PG-13.
“Boy Erased”: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. With Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton. Directed by Joel Edgerton. (1:54) R.
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”: Celebrity biographer Lee Israel makes her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack. With Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells. Directed by Marielle Heller. (1:46) R.
“Creed II”: Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. With Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. (2:10) PG-13.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”: The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all. With Rashida Jones, Tristan O’Hare, Scarlett Estevez. Directed by Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier. (1:30) PG.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”: In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. With Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler. Directed by David Yates. (2:14) PG-13.
“First Man”: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. With Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke. Directed by Damien Chazelle. (2:21) PG-13.
“Free Solo”: Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan’s 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. With Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold. Directed by Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. (1:37) NR.
“The Front Runner”: Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair. With Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Jason Reitman. (1:53) R.
“Green Book”: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. With Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. Directed by Peter Farrelly. (2:10) PG-13.
“The Hate U Give”: Starr Carter witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, she must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. With Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby. Directed by George Tillman Jr. (2:12) PG-13.
“Instant Family”: A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children. With Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner. Directed by Sean Anders. (1:59) PG-13.
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”: A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. With Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman. Directed by Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston. (1:39) PG.
“The Old Man & the Gun”: At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. With Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek. Directed by David Lowery. (1:33) PG-13.
“The Possession of Hannah Grace”: When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses. With Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson. Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen. (1:25) R.
“A Private War”: Celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin is a woman who is as comfortable downing martinis with high society’s elite as she is brazenly staring down warlords and fleeing from gunfire. With Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Jamie Dornan. Directed by Matthew Heineman. (1:50) R.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”: Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.” With John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot. Directed by Phil Johnston, Rich Moore. (1:52) PG.
“Robin Hood”: A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown. With Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn. Directed by Otto Bathurst. (1:56) PG-13.
“Shoplifters”: A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold. With Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. (2:01) R.
“A Star Is Born”: Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. With Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott. Directed by Bradley Cooper. (2:15) R.
“Tea with the Dames”: What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? With Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith. Directed by Roger Michell. (1:34) NR.
“What They Had”: Bridget returns home at her brother’s urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together. With Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster. Directed by Elizabeth Chomko. (1:41) R.
“Widows”: A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. With Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki. Directed by Steve McQueen. (2:09) R.
“The Wife”: A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. With Christian Slater, Max Irons, Glenn Close. Directed by Björn Runge. (1:40) R.
“Wildlife”: A boy witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould. Directed by Paul Dano. (1:44) PG-13.
— Los Angeles Times and staff report