Catch up on Oscar-nominated films around the city

The 88th Oscars on Feb. 26 positions "La La Land" for another sweep, beating its more qualified counterpart "Moonlight" — simply because the former's cast is whiter.

Haven’t seen all of the best picture nominees for the Academy Awards yet? Don’t worry, because with the privilege of living in New York City, you will be able to catch all of the films before the ceremony on March 2 without having to travel more than a few subway stops.

“American Hustle” is still playing in most commercial theaters, including the AMC Loews Village on Third Avenue and Regal Battery Park, which is the best theater in Manhattan to score a last-minute blockbuster ticket. For any Brooklyn residents, BAM Rose Cinemas in Fort Greene is still playing the film as well.

Other nearby cinemas playing “American Hustle” include Cobble Hill Cinemas, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, Regal E-Walk 13, AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 and City Cinemas Beekman Theater.

Since “Captain Phillips” was released back in October, it won’t be playing anywhere this weekend, but it’s available to buy and rent on iTunes for those who don’t mind watching on the small screen.


“Nebraska” is available in a few limited release-only theaters like the beloved Angelika Film Center in SoHo, Village East Cinema on Second Avenue and Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn. Bruce Dern’s subtle performance is absolutely worth seeing.

Other nearby theaters playing “Nebraska” are Brooklyn Heights Cinema, AMC Empire 25 and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

“Dallas Buyers Club” is still playing near campus at AMC Loews Village on Third Avenue. It is also playing at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, which is famous for providing the “dinner and a movie” experience. What could be better than seeing Jared Leto in flawless drag and ordering the “Dallas Buyers Club”-themed Nitehawk Food and Drink Special — “Support Group Coffee Doughnuts?” The film is also showing at AMC Empire 25.

If anyone still needs to see “Gravity,” they can see it in 3D IMAX at one of the only theaters in the United States that does the IMAX experience right — AMC Loews Lincoln Square. To avoid the commute, head over to AMC Loews Village on Third Avenue, which is still playing Cuarón’s masterpiece.

Other nearby theaters playing “Gravity” are AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 and AMC Empire 25.

“Her,” having come out just two months ago, is still playing in many convenient locations. Head on over to Union Square to catch an evening show at the Regal Union Square Stadium.

Other nearby theaters playing “Her” include Cobble Hill Cinemas, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, BAM Rose Cinemas, AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, AMC Empire 25, City Cinemas Cinemas 123 and AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13.

Not many people have seen “Philomena,” but Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and the BBC can do no wrong. As a smaller, limited release film, it is only available at specialty theaters like Landmark Sunshine Cinema a few blocks away from campus.

Other nearby theaters playing “Philomena” are Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, City Cinemas Paris Theatre and Pavilion Cinema.

“12 Years a Slave,” with its multiple best picture wins at various award shows including the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, has a pretty good chance at the Academy Awards. Thankfully, it is still showing right around the corner in Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Houston Street.

Other nearby theaters playing “12 Years a Slave” are AMC Empire 25, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and City Cinemas Cinemas 123.

With all the talent behind it, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is worth a last-minute watch. Go to Regal Union Square Stadium for convenience or watch this movie set on Wall Street near actual Wall Street at Regal Battery Park.

Other nearby theaters playing “The Wolf of Wall Street” include Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, AMC Empire 25, Bow Tie Ziegfeld Theater, AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 and City Cinemas East 86th Street.

Additionally, many of these Best Picture nominees are already available for purchase and rent on iTunes, including “12 Years a Slave,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Gravity,” so check in there for the option to watch at home. With all of these possibilities, it should be no problem to watch each movie before Hollywood’s party of the year on Sunday.

Nora Chang is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected].



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