This year marks the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, with a crop of notable nominees that will fight it out to take home the highest honors in the film world. So naturally, in order to handicap your Oscar pool properly, as well as keep current in the conversation with all of your movie-inclined friends, you're going to want to see, at the very least, the entire field of Best Picture candidates. In the past, this used to be a real pain, as most Best Picture nominees would already be out of the theaters and stuck in that limbo between theatrical and home video release.
But in the past decade or so, it's become much easier to stay current thanks to both the ever-shrinking window between both mediums and big theater chains running special events that run the entire line-up. Which is why we're pleased to have compiled a list of all nine Best Picture nominees and whether you can still see them in theaters or when they'll be available on home video. Keep in mind, release dates and theatrical exhibitions are subject to change, so be sure to double check your local theater listings and your streaming/purchasing venue of choice.
Probably the easiest, and most fun, way of catching all nine Best Picture nominated films is through the programming packages that AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas are both offering in February. In the case of AMC's Best Picture Showcase, the nine films are spread across two weekends (February 18th & 25th), and will cost $65 for a two-day pass, with individual passes running at $32.50 (Feb. 18th only) and $37.50 (Feb. 25th only). Though if you're feeling strong, you can watch all nine films in one day in select locations. For all of the details, including Stubs Rewards perks and discounts on two-day passes at the box office, head to AMC's official site.
Regal Cinemas, on the other hand, is running their Best Picture Film Festival of programming from February 17th straight until Oscar night on the 26th. For $35, you can see all of the films, but there is a catch: all nine films are scattered throughout the length of the festival, so you'll need to do some schedule optimization in order to catch them all. However, if you're looking to catch only a couple stragglers and don't need the entire pack, this is probably the best option. Further details & scheduling can be found at Regal's official site.
But let's say you're not interested in going to a multi-picture marathon, or just want to catch your favorites at home. The following are individual listings for each film and how you can catch them in all of their singular glory.
"Hell or High Water"
Synopsis: Two brothers (Chris Pine & Ben Foster) rob a local Texas bank chain blind, all in the name of protecting their family's land. But a wily sheriff (Jeff Bridges) is hot on their tails, and giving them a run for their money.
Is It Still In Theaters: It depends. Some theaters have brought the film back in limited capacity due to its award nomination.
When Will It Be Available On Digital HD/Home Video: Hell or High Water is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
Possible Streaming Options: iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu & FandangoNOW.
Synopsis: When several alien crafts arrive on Earth, and are in need of interpreters, linquist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is drafted to make first contact with the species known as the Heptapods. Tensions mount, and the world is on the brink of something risky, with Louise's efforts making the difference between peace and war.
Is It Still In Theaters: Yes. Thanks to Paramount, Arrival celebrated its 8 nominations by bringing the film back to theaters with some extra bonus footage for one day only. But there are some theaters still showing the film in limited showtimes, so look closely at your listings.
When Will It Be Available On Digital HD/Home Video: Now (Digital HD)/February 14th (Blu-ray/DVD)
Possible Streaming Options: iTunes & Amazon Video.
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