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Mill Valley Film Fest Lineup Boasts Oscar Contenders, ‘Star Wars’ and Metallica

Mill Valley Film Fest Lineup Boasts Oscar Contenders, 'Star Wars' and Metallica

The Mill Valley Film Festival celebrates its 37th birthday this year in Marin County with 11 days of Bay Area premieres and festival faves from 2014. The festivals runs October 2 to 12.

Opening Night gala films are Tommy Lee Jones’ feminist Western “The Homesman,” and Jason Reitman’s zeitgeisty satire “Men, Women & Children.” Mill Valley also spotlights “Low Down”‘s award-winning star Elle Fanning, who costars opposite John Hawkes’ troubled jazz piano man Joe Albany. “The Theory of Everything” and Oscar-hopeful breakout Eddie Redmayne (as Stephen Hawking) will also be spotlighted at the venerable Smith Rafael Film Center.

Mill Valley will close with “Wild” and a tribute to Laura Dern, who is a Best Supporting Actress contender as a sympathetic mother in this wanderlust-of-the-soul film from Jean-Marc Vallée, starring Reese Withersoon.

Other notables include a restored big-screen presentation of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” a 4K Film Competition, a celebration of the late Robin Williams, screenings of “The Judge,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” “Laggies,” “Mommy,” “Whiplash,” “Mr. Turner” and a special presentation of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Oh, and Metallica are the Artists-in-Residence. More info on the MVFF here.

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