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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Oscar Nominees to See This Week

OK, one last time for the cheap seats. If you haven't seen this year's crop of Oscar heavyweights by now, the chances are good you never will. But if you want to shore up your rooting interests this Sunday night, or just to impress your friends at their awards party by reeling off useful facts about the nominees, get to an indie theater tonight.

1. Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Where: Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California St., 415-885-3201; Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., 415-771-0183
When: All Week

'King's Speech' Director Tom Hooper Ready for Oscar Hype to End This Sunday

It was over five months ago that Tom Hooper put the finishing touches on The King’s Speech, a fan favorite at last year’s Mill Valley and Toronto film festivals, and now an Oscar nominee in 12 categories including Best Picture. Today, the London-born director is counting the hours until the Feb. 27 awards ceremony – not because he’s expecting a statuette, but because he wants to go back to work.
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The new year has arrived, and with it the promise of long-awaited sequels to The Hangover, Kung Fu Panda and Pixar's Cars, the distressing inevitability of Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and the mind-numbing realization that Little Fockers sits lazily atop the box-office charts. The good news: Bay Area moviegoers have plenty of worthwhile alternatives, including:

1. Blue Valentine

Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the flat, not a creature was stirring... except for me (with my mom's cat), hastily posting this week's Theater Roundup before returning to wrapping presents, re-watching some of the year's best movies (currently playing: The Tillman Story) and sipping on low-fat egg nog. Happy holidays!

1. True Grit

Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650
When: All Week

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Sure, you've only got eight days of Christmas shopping left, but rather than subject yourself to the bustle of the department stores, take refuge in a theater. Happy holidays!

1. Vincent: A Life in Color

Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: Dec. 16

Mill Valley Film Festival Opens Thursday with Latest from Colin Firth, Hilary Swank

The 33rd Mill Valley Film Festival kicks off Thursday with two opening-night films: The King’s Speech, winner of the Audience Award at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, starring A Single Man Oscar nominee Colin Firth as King George VI, who conquers his humiliating stutter with the help of Geoffrey Rush’s unconventional speech therapist; and Conviction, Tony Goldwyn’s chronicle of a high-school dropout (Hilary Swank) who earns a law degree to free her brother (Sam Rockwell) from prison.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Yes, it’s finally here. By now, you’ve probably seen the commercials billing The Hurt Locker as the year’s most acclaimed film to date – no exaggeration, given its enviable score on the all-important Tomatometer – and after two weeks in limited release, it opens in the Bay Area today. Along with Food, Inc., it ranks as the very best of the films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

1. The Hurt Locker
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week

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