On Valentine's Day, why not make a date with aging superhero Birdman, a theoretical cosmologist, a code-cracking mathematician and a decorated Iraq War sniper?
Starting Friday, Feb. 13, a handful of South Florida theaters will screen the eight movies vying for best picture honors at the 87th annual Academy Awards, slated to air Feb. 22 on ABC.
Theater chains AMC and Cinemark are offering bundled movie passes for showings of "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Whiplash," "American Sniper" and "The Imitation Game." Several theaters will also present nominees from the best live action short film, best animated short film and best documentary (short subject) categories.
Cinemark Paradise 24 (15601 Sheridan St., Davie) and Cinemark Palace 20 (3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton) will screen the eight films from Feb. 13 to Feb. 22, and the shorts at 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $40 for a bundled pass, but a la carte films cost regular admission. Go to Cinemark.com/Oscar-Movie-Week-2015 for showtimes and prices.
Moviegoers, if they can tolerate it, can binge on the Oscar films faster with AMC's Best Picture Showcase. Theaters will screen four films on Saturday and the other four the following Saturday, Feb. 21. Participating theaters include AMC Aventura 24 (19501 Biscayne Blvd.) and AMC Sunset Place 24 (5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 300, Miami). Admission is $30 for each night. Go to AMCTheatres.com.
For people who have already seen the best picture nominees but missed the shorts, both Cinema Paradiso perches in Hollywood (2008 Hollywood Blvd.) and Fort Lauderdale (503 SE Sixth St.) will offer screenings starting Friday and running through Thursday, Feb. 26. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for FLIFF members. Go to FLIFF.com for showtimes.