Happy New Year! Movies opening this month I’m excited about include :
“The Marksman” starring Liam Neeson. It opens January 21st. Neeson plays a rancher on the Arizona border. He becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassin who has pursued him into the U.S.
Next is “Penguin Bloom” starring Naomi Watts. It’s about a family that takes in an injured magpie that makes a profound difference in their lives.
New on Netflix this month is the amazing “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. It came out in 1993 so if you haven’t seen it since then it’s time to see it again!
Next is “Goodfellas.” It came out in 1990. I can’t believe this gem is 30 years old. Two movies from 1967 are “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Cool Hand Luke.” Definitely worth seeing. Last is “The Departed” from 2006. It won Best Picture that year. Well deserved.
If you have always wanted to go to the Sundance Film Festival but couldn’t take off work or felt it was too expensive this is the year you get to experience the magic because this year, it’s virtual. It runs from January 28th to February 3rd. Movies I’m excited about include:
“Coda.” It’s about a girl who is the only hearing person in her deaf family. It stars Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin.
— “I Was a Simple Man.” It’s about a family in Hawaii facing the death of their eldest. The ghosts of the past haunt the countryside. It stars Constance Wu.
—“Jockey.” An aging jockey is determined to win one last championship. It stars my friend, Clifton Collins Jr.
— “Mayday.” It’s about Ana, who is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins a team of female soldiers engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Starring the adorable Juliette Lewis.
—“Passing.” Two African American women who can pass as white choose to live on opposite sides of the color line in 1929 New York in an exploration of racial and gender identity. Starring Ruth Negga.
— “Wild Indian.” Two men are bound together after covering up the savage murder of a schoolmate. It stars Jesse Eisenberg.
—“Cryptozoo.” As cryptozookeepers struggle to capture a Baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a cryptozoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden. It stars Michael Cera.
I just saw “The Prom” on Netflix and loved Meryl Streep’s performance so much I thought I would gift my readers with a Meryl Streep Film Festival. Here are her top 10 performances and where to find them.
10 – “Into the Woods” released in 2014. See it on Starz.
9 – “The Prom” released in 2020. On Netflix.
8 – “Mamma Mia” released in 2008. On Starz. If you notice the last three are all musicals.
7 – “Death Becomes Her”. Released in 1992. On HBO.
6 – “It’s Complicated.” Released in 2009. On Peacock
5 – “Doubt.” Released in 2008. Also on HBO
4 – Out of Africa” released in 1985. On HBO.
The top 3 are her Oscar winning roles.
3 – “The Iron Lady.” Released in 2011. On Netflix.
2 – “Kramer vs Kramer.” Released in 1979. On Prime.
Her best performance is “Sophie’s Choice.” Released in 1982. On HBO.
For my theater fans, 6th Street Playhouse offers a gift New Year’s Eve. It’s a one-woman show called “Barbara Dixon New Year’s Eve Jazztacular.” She gives 2020 a kick in the pants. Call 707-523-4185 for more information. Email me with your questions. Dongibblecast@hotmail.com
Don Gibble, talent manager and film critic, is happy to be living in Sonoma County after being in Los Angeles for 20 years. Don discovered many actors including Max Theriot and Mena Suvari. Max, from Occidental, stars on “Bates Motel” and Mena starred in “American Pie” and “American Beauty”. Don goes to 20 film festivals a year and loves to answer any questions regarding film and television. Email Don at firstname.lastname@example.org