29 Nov 18
Marin Independent Journal
Opening this week
“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.
“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.
Lark Theater: 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; 415-924-5111; larktheater.net. Dec. 1: “Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.” 10:50 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.; Dec. 1: “Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest.” 1 p.m.; Dec. 4: “51 Birch Street.” Noon; Dec. 5: “Anna Karenina: Musical.” 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 6: “National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra.” 6:30 p.m.
Novato City Hall: 901 Sherman Ave., Novato; marinefm.org. Dec. 6: “Rebels with a Cause: How a Battle over Land Changed our Landscape Forever,” followed by discussion with filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto. 6:30 p.m.
Smith Rafael Film Center: 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael; 415-454-1222; rafaelfilm.cafilm.org. Dec. 2: “Mayerling.” Noon; Dec. 2: “Speedy,” with the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and presentation. 4:15 p.m.; Dec. 3: “From Baghdad to The Bay,” followed by discussion and Q&A with director Erin Palmquist and co-editor Andrew Gersh. Noon; Dec. 4: “The King and I.” 7 p.m.; Dec. 6: “The Mercy,” followed by pre-recorded discussion. 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6: “Welcome to the Men’s Group,” followed by panel discussion. 7 p.m.
Throckmorton Theatre: 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; 415-383-9600; throckmortontheatre.org. Nov. 30 through Dec. 2: Throckmorton Theatre Mountainfilm Festival. Check schedule online.
“55 Steps”: A workaholic lawyer helps a psychiatric patient sue a hospital for mistreating its patients. With Helena Bonham Carter, Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Tambor. Directed by Bille August. (1:55) PG-13.
“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.
“Colette”: After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century. With Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw. Directed by Wash Westmoreland. (1:51) 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.
“Maria by Callas”: Never-before-seen footage and performances offer insight into the life and career of renowned opera singer Maria Callas. With Fanny Ardant, Joyce DiDonato, Maria Callas. Directed by Tom Volf. (1:53) PG.
“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.
“Pick of the Litter”: Following five spirited puppies from the moment they’re born through their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Directed by Dana Nachman, Don Hardy. (1:21) NR.
“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.
“Smallfoot”: A Yeti named Migo stirs up his community when he discovers something that he didn’t know existed — a human. With Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick. (1:49) PG.
“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.
“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.
“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