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On the Reel: The Big Sick opens at Sierra Cinemas

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, "The Big Sick" opens Friday at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley.
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The Big Sick

Rated R, running time 120 minutes

Starts Friday, July 14 at Sierra Cinemas

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, “The Big Sick” tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Rated PG-13, running time 133 minutes

Starts Friday, July 14, at Sierra Cinemas

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. Starring Woody Harrelson.

The Beguiled

Rated R, running time 93 minutes

Starts Friday, July 14, at Sierra Cinemas

“The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.

Tommy’s Honour

Rated PG, running time 112 minutes

Shows Sunday, Jul 16, 7 p.m. at Nevada Theatre

A Golfer’s Delight. Set against the early days of the sport and stunning landscape of Scotland, “Tommy’s Honour” is based on the intimate and powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and “Young” Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments as founder of the Open Championship in 1860. In contrast to his public persona, Tommy’s inner turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against the aristocracy who gave him opportunity. “Like the Masters Tournament and Masterpiece Theater rolled into one: beautiful fairways, polite gentlemen, and a little drama every now and then.” – David Lewis, S.F. Chronicle.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rated PG, running time 110 minutes

Shows Tuesdays, Wednesdays, July 18-19, 10 a.m. at Del Oro Theater

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

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