This time every year, I see the Academy Award nominations roll out and in tow is the feeling that I’m missing out. This many great movies came out in the past year that I haven’t seen?
This, year after year, is followed by personal push to see as many of the nominated films that are remotely in my wheelhouse (that means you’re out, “Philomena”) before Hollywood’s biggest night.
Whether you just want to see what makes “American Hustle” so much fun, what’s so powerful about “Gravity,” or you’re so overcome with Oscar-related joy that you want to ingest Quaaludes, fall in love with your iPhone and hijack a boat, many folks in late January and February want to get their eyes on as many of these critically-acclaimed films as possible.
Here’s a quick guide of how you can see the films involved in the Best Picture race to the March 2 Academy Awards. Happy viewing, and maybe go with popcorn instead of the ’ludes.
• The easy ones: As of Friday, “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” will all be playing at Marcus Appleton East Cinema in Appleton (and a few of them at Marcus Hollywood Cinema in Grand Chute).
• Waiting game: “Captain Phillips,” while returning to Fox Valley screens Friday (with “Gravity”), is slated for a Jan. 21 release on DVD/Blu-ray. “Dallas Buyers Club” is due out Feb. 4.
• The remainders: “12 Years a Slave” had a decent run in northeast Wisconsin theaters and “Philomena” had a brief one. While “Philomena” has a release date of March 4 set, according to dvdreleasedates.com, “12 Years a Slave” doesn’t seem to have date nailed down. Either way, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Marcus Theatres get both of these films back in the area due to their nominations.
–Shane Nyman, email@example.com or on Twitter @shanenyman