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On the reel: Sept. 23, 2010

Rated PG, running time 90 minutes. Starts Friday, Sept. 24 at Sierra Cinemas.

Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” based on the beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’ Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father’s favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd’s jealousy has terrible consequences–causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians–Soren’s only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms. – © Warner Bros

Rated PG, running time 105 minutes. Starts Friday, Sept. 24 at Sutton Cinemas.



Successful PR pro Marni (Kristen Bell) heads home for her older brother’s (Jimmy Wolk) wedding and discovers that he’s marrying her high school arch nemesis (Odette Yustman), who’s conveniently forgotten their problematic past. Then the bride’s jet-setting aunt (Sigourney Weaver) bursts in and Marni’s not-so-jet-setting mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes face to face with her own high school rival. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy that proves that not all rivalries are forever.

Rated PG-13, running time 136 minutes. Starts Friday, Sept. 24 at Del Oro Theatre.




As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor.

Rated G, running time 210 minutes. Shows, Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. at The Del Oro Theatre.

They call it Giant because everything in this picture is big, from the generous running time (more than 200 minutes) to the sprawling ranch location (a horizon-to-horizon plain with a lonely, modest mansion dropped in the middle) to the high-powered stars. Stocky Rock Hudson stars as the confident, stubborn young ranch baron Bick Benedict, who woos and wins the hand of Southern belle Elizabeth Taylor, a seemingly demure young beauty who proves to be Hudson’s match after she settles into the family homestead. For many the film is chiefly remembered for James Dean’s final performance, as poor former ranch hand Jett Rink, who strikes oil and transforms himself into a flamboyant millionaire playboy.

Rated PG, running time 91 minutes. Shows Sunday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at The Nevada Theatre.

Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker, the film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today. “A-. Countdown to Zero is that rare film that could trigger and unite the reflexes of the left and the right. It makes getting rid of nukes seem less like a ”cause” than an imperative.” -Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.

The 2010 season showcases seven productions that will be broadcast at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley. Each play will be screened twice – the first will be a live broadcast on Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m., and the second will be an encore performance on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. one week after the Thursday event.

An encore performance of the 2009 production of Phedre will start off the 2010 season in late September. Helen Mirren takes the title role in this savage play by Jean Racine, translated into muscular free verse by the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes.


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