Rainy Day Movies For Days

By Chris Narloch

All of this rainy weather we have been having recently just makes me want to eat, sleep and do something else in bed (that doesn’t involve sleeping!).

Another good rainy day activity is going to the movies, and there are several fine films to check out while we wait for “Captain Marvel” to open.



Esquire IMAX

With the U.S. space program currently being reignited, now is the perfect time for another film celebrating our country’s first manned trip to the moon, in 1969.

Last fall, “First Man” focused mainly on Neil Armstrong, who was played by Ryan Gosling – in a fine, stoic performance that hopefully will be seen by more people now that the movie is available for home viewing.

You should also see the thrilling new documentary “Apollo 11” which is playing at Sacramento’s Esquire IMAX Theatre on K Street, but only through this Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Fifty years in the making, “Apollo 11” is playing exclusively at IMAX theaters for one week only. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm film footage, and more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings, the riveting documentary takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission.

You will feel like you are right there alongside Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they take “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on the lunar surface. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.imax.com/imax-esquire-oo.

Tower Theatre

Don’t miss “Everybody Knows,” a terrific mystery movie starring my favorite real-life actor couple, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who have now made nine or ten films together.

Cruz and Bardem play exes in the new foreign film, who team up to find the daughter of Cruz’s character after the teen is kidnapped during a large family wedding in Spain. Hidden secrets and high drama ensue, and Bardem and Cruz are dynamite together. Visit https://www.readingcinemasus.com/tower.

Crest Theatre

Just a reminder about this week’s Sacramento Jewish Film Festival, which was featured in our print edition and runs March 7 – 10. Of special interest to LGBTQ movie fans is the Love Is Love-themed program this Thursday evening, featuring “Family In Transition,” a 2018 Israeli film about a husband who announces he plans to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. Go to https://www.crestsacramento.com.



Sunrise Mall Movies

I don’t know how much longer they will be playing – so get thee to the theater soon – but Sacramento’s last second-run discount movie theater (in Citrus Heights) is currently showing three fine films that are all female-driven and fun: “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Bumblebee,” and “Ralph Breaks The Internet.” Even better news: admission is still only $3.99 per movie.



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