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Friday, January 27, 2012

Start getting the (best) picture

You've seen the list of Oscar nominations for best picture.

There are nine of them.

Gulp. You have a lot of work to do between now and Feb. 26.

No time like this weekend to get started, right? Let's dig into where -- or how -- you can see each of the nine films.

"The Artist." After being a tough-to-find delicacy for a couple of weeks in Northeast Ohio, the wonderful ode to the silent-film era is everywhere. See it at Regal Willoughby Commons Stadium 16, Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16 in Mentor, Regal Richmond Towns Square Stadium 20 in Richmond Heights, Regal Severance Town Center Stadium 14 in Cleveland Heights and Cedar Lee Theatre, also in Cleveland Heights, where it's been playing.

"The Descendants." George Clooney''s Hawaii-set dramedy is still tearing up theaters. Catch it at the aforementioned Great Lakes, Regal Willoughby and Richmond Town Square, as well as Phoenix Theatres Eastgate 10 in Mayfield Heights and Atlas Cinemas Diamond Center 16 in Mentor.

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." Grab your tissues and check out the post-9/11 family drama at Atlas Great Lakes and Diamond Center, Regal Willoughby and Richmond and Phoenix Eastgate.

"The Help." The powerful drama about black servants in 1960s Mississippi is already out on DVD and Blu-ray and available through Netflix,but you can also see it on the big screen and on the cheap at Phoenix Theatres Willoughby Hills Movies 10.

"Hugo." Apparently (and much to my surprise), it's not too late to see Martin Scorsese's family-friendly drama and homage to filmmaking pioneer George Melies in 3-D. Put on some glasses at Regal Willoughby and Severance and Chagrin Cinemas, or see it in a mere two dimensions at Regal Richmond.

"Midnight in Paris." The best work by writer-director Woody Allen in some time is out on DVD, so you can be whisked away to France via your couch quite easily.

"Moneyball." The adaptation of the book about Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is out of theaters and available on disc at stores and through rental services. In my opinion it's not worth a best picture nod, but as far as entertainment goes, it's a home run.

"The Tree of Life." Look, we all should of seen writer-director Terrence Malick's dreamy and visually stunning meditation on the origins and connectivity of life in theaters and away from distractions at home. But at this point, you'll have to watch it at home. I can't promise you'll get anything more out of the visually arresting film the first time through than I did, but maybe, like me, you'll want to watch it again.

"War Horse." Too sappy for many critics, Steven Spielberg's equine-powered World War I drama hit me just right in my typically blackened heart, and I think back on it fondly. I encourage you to see it on a big screen Atlas Diamond Center, Regal Willoughby, Richmond or Severance or Chagrin Cinemas.

If you need me, you'll find me working on the best actress category by catching "My Week With Marilyn" (Michelle Williams) at Chagrin Cinemas or "Albert Nobbs" (Glenn Close) at Cedar Lee.

-- Mark Meszoros | | @nhfeatures

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