Prep now for your Oscars final

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2011 - 2:48 PM

Twin Cities theaters are screening nominated films in myriad combos and marathons.

If Oscars oddsmaking has you in a tizzy (Fincher down! Hooper up! Coens surging ahead?) you'd best refresh your memory. Over the next couple of weeks, the nominees in every category but Best Short Foreign Language Animated Documentary will be in local theaters, either for return engagements or area premieres.

For the fifth consecutive year, AMC theaters offer marathon screenings of all the best-picture nominees. Iron-bottomed film lovers can head to Eden Prairie, Arbor Lakes or Southdale on Feb. 19 to see "Toy Story 3" in 2-D, "127 Hours," "The Kids Are All Right," "True Grit" and "The Fighter."

On Feb. 26, it's "Winter's Bone," "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Social Network" and "The King's Speech." There are $60 two-day passes or one-day passes for $35.

For ultramarathoners, the AMC Rosedale will present a 24-hour, 10-film, $50 Oscars orgy on Feb. 26. Whew! For complete details: www.amctheatres.com/bps.

Documentaries, foreign films

At St. Anthony Main (115 SE. Main St., Mpls.), the focus is on artier entries. The uplifting Best Documentary nominee "Waste Land" (Feb. 11-17) follows Brooklyn artist Vik Muniz to Brazil, where he aids garbage-pickers who scavenge the world's largest garbage dump. Its rival doc, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" (Feb. 11-20), follows renegade street artist Banksy and his video biographer -- until the subject and filmmaker hilariously switch places.

The Greek nominee for best foreign film, "Dogtooth" (Feb 11-17) is a mad fable of adult children and their hyper-protective father and mother. Over the next two weeks, the theater also presents seven best-picture contenders. For info: www. stanthonymaintheatre.com.

Three-plus hours of shorts

The Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Av. S., Mpls.) is getting into the act, too, with a program of the 2011 Academy Award nominees for best short documentary. The program is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes including a short intermission.

"Killing in the Name" profiles a Muslim anti-terrorism activist who lost 27 members of his family to a suicide bomber.

"Sun Come Up" is set on the once-idyllic Carteret Islands in the South Pacific, now decimated by global warming.

"The Warriors of Qiugan" chronicles Chinese villagers' battle with a polluting chemical company.

"Poster Girl" follows former cheerleader and Army Magazine cover subject Robynn Murray as she deals with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Strangers No More" tells the story of a Tel Aviv school serving refugee children from 48 countries.

Screenings run Feb. 11-17. Check it out at www.riverviewtheater.com.

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Colin Covert • 612-673-7186

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