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Beat the Buzz: Five Oscar Alternatives

BOOM SHAKA-LAKA!

The Oscars are this Sunday. We won't bore you with our predictions–some of the movies nominated will, invariably, win. If you care about these sorts of things, we heartily recommend The Roxie's annual Oscars get together, but do come stocked: After those first hors d'oeuvres get passed around it's a free-for-all! If you're in the mood to catch up on the nominated films, trek out to Balboa Theatre's Oscar triple feature, otherwise get weird and stay that way with this weekend's picks:

Five Indie Film Picks for the Gloomy Weekend Ahead

Gun Crazy

With the 49ers headed to the Superbowl next weekend, we strongly urge you to consider this one a time of rest. Practice your Journey harmonies, clean your jersey, and if time permits, enjoy a few flicks. Here's this weekend's indie picks:

Experience the Oscars® with The Academy of Friends

Experience the Oscars® with The Academy of Friends

It's almost that time of year again, when the eyes of the world are turned to that glamourous, celebrity-filled, cutthroat spectacle in the sun—yes, it's the Arizona Republican primary! And what better way to cleanse your palate than with a televised celebration filled with Hollywood's liberal elite, the Academy Awards®, hosted in San Francisco once more by our fabulous pals, the Academy of Friends. Their 32nd annual gala event has a few surprises in store...

2010 Oscar Shorts Starting Friday

Starting this Friday, Landmark Theaters will show the 2010 Oscar-nominated short films at Opera Plaza Cinema (Civic Center) and the Lumiere Theater (Russian Hill). Live shorts in the program include Instead of Abracadabra, about a magician far too old to still be living at home, and The New Tenants with Vincent D'Onofrio, about neighbors from hell. The animated shorts feature the latest Wallace & Gromit installment, A Matter of Loaf and Death. The special engagement ends next Thursday, 2/26.

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