Chances are, like a lot of movie fans, you haven’t seen some of the films nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture. Maybe you haven’t seen any of the nine nominees and are looking for a way to cram them into your busy schedule before the big night on February 26.
You're in luck.
This year's crop is beautifully diverse and certainly offers a little something for every viewer. There's romance, family drama, coming-of-age films, and multiple angles on life's rich journey. Nobody knows for sure who is going to win, but part of the fun is watching and waiting to see which film's name is called on Oscar night. Several of the movies nominated for this year's best picture are still in wide release, but a few are getting harder and harder to find on the big screen as February rolls on.
Movie schedules are typically released on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the following week, so if you wait until the last minute, it might be hard to find the movie you want to see before the big night.
Here’s a little guide to make your movie-watching life easier. One event to make note of is happening at AMC Theatres Esplanade 14 on February 18 and 25. It'll feature all of the best picture nominees showing over the course of two consecutive Saturdays, with five films showing on the 18th and the other five on the 25th. Except for Hell or High Water, all the nominated films are playing at various Harkins locations and AMC Theatres as well.
La La Land
This one is everywhere. Harkins and AMC both have multiple theaters showing this critical darling. Everybody loves a musical, right? Odds are good this film will be available on the big screen in the Phoenix area through awards season, so check your local Harkins or AMC schedule. La La Land will also play on February 18 at AMC Esplanade.
Like its competitor, La La Land, Moonlight is still in heavy release and easy to find. A poignant tale of black youth and the search for identity, it may just be the movie to beat for best picture this year. It'll be featured in a special screening at AMC Esplanade on February 25 — and it's listed on Redbox's website as "coming soon."
Manchester by the Sea
Maybe this one isn't a feel-good movie, but Manchester by the Sea is getting all kinds of praise. (In spite of Casey Affleck's involvement. Eye roll.) Currently, the film is playing in pretty strong rotation around town, but a new Garfield sequel may come out in the next couple of weeks and kick this to the curb. It's scheduled to play on February 18 at AMC Esplanade and it's listed on Redbox's website as "coming soon."
What do you mean there were black women who helped get astronauts to the moon and back who nobody put in the history books? Go see this movie before history like this is illegal to share. Hidden Figures is scheduled to play on February 25 at AMC Esplanade, and sports a pretty phenomenal cast.
The tale of the soldier who wouldn't fight but saved 75 lives, Hacksaw Ridge is still in limited release around the Valley at the time of this writing, but it may not last long. You can catch it in a couple of weeks, though, when it is scheduled to play on February 25 at AMC Esplanade. It's also listed on Redbox's website as "coming soon."
Read on for the rest of the best picture nominees.