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"The Boy" starts Friday, Jan. 22 at Sierra Cinemas.
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The Boy

Rated PG-13, running time 97 minutes. Starts Friday, Jan. 22 at Sierra Cinemas.

The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”). Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

The 5th Wave

Rated PG-13, running time 97 minutes. Starts Friday, Jan. 22 at Sierra Cinemas.16-year-old Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Mortez) tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.

Dirty Grandpa

Rated R, running time 102 minutes. Starts Friday, Jan. 22 at Sutton Cinemas. Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (Robert De Niro), to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew

Running time 125 minutes. Shows Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at Sierra Cinemas. Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!

Heart of a Dog,

Unrated, running time 75 minutes. Shows Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at The Nevada Theatre. For those of you who especially enjoyed “Awake” and “Dying To Know,” here’s a new film that appeals to the mind/body/spirit crowd. Artist Laurie Anderson, a star in the art/modern music world, reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. “Lovely and poetic…‘Heart of A Dog’ is a generous gift from Anderson… she makes sure the audience leaves with a dose of hope as she celebrates life in deeply sincere and at times humorous ways.“ -Tomris Laffly, Film International. “Wildly inventive…Philosophically astute, emotionally charged.” -A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times. “Highest Rating! One of the best films of the year. It is a celebration of life, and how special it is to be a part of it while we’re here.” – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle.

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