Well another year has passed, it's 2017 and the Lamorinda Theatres have many great events planned, including the 20th Anniversary of the California Independent Film Festival (September 7 thru 14) and the 60th Anniversary of the Opening of The Rheem Theatre on June 21. Mark your calendars now for these amazing events.
Each year I put together my list of the top five movies of the year. Here we go:
1) "Manchester By the Sea" (Now playing at the Orinda Theatre)
An uncle, portrayed by Casey Affleck, is asked to be the legal guardian of his nephew after his brother's death. Affleck is the front-runner for the Best Actor Oscar.
2) "LA LA Land" (Now playing at the Orinda Theatre)
A pianist (Ryan Gosling) falls in love with an aspiring actress (Emma Stone). This just may be Emma's year to take home the Oscar for Best Actress. "LA LA Land" is the front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar.
3) "Fences" (Now playing at the Rheem Theatre)
A working-class father (Denzel Washington) is raising his family the best way he can in the 1950s while coming to terms with the events of his life. Viola Davis who plays his wife is a shoo-in to take the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Davis has never won an Oscar and this ought to be her year.
This is the true story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple in Virginia who challenge their marriage all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Both Edgerton and Negga will be nominated for an Oscar for their performances in "Loving."
A 5-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Like a lion, "Lion" could be the sleeper at this year's Academy Awards.
Talking Oscars, come meet three-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe recipient, Piper Laurie at the Orinda Theatre Saturday, Jan. 14. Two of Ms. Laurie's Oscar-nominated movies will be shown: at 5 p.m. it' "Carrie" and at 8 p.m. it's "The Hustler." Laurie will be doing a Q & A after both movies. From the title of her memoir "Learning to Live Out Loud," this is an event you do not want to miss. Tickets are $15 per movie. Purchase your tickets online at www.LamorindaTheatres.com or at the Orinda Theatre Box Office.
I want to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2017. See you at the concession stand first!