THE MOVIES "Best Picture Showcase"

THE DEAL "War Horse," Steven Spielberg's World War I epic is among this year's nine best-picture Oscar contenders that will play at local AMC theaters in two marathon sessions. Saturday's four-film program, available for one $30 ticket, includes "War Horse," the sports film "Moneyball," Terrence Malick's polarizing "The Tree of Life" and the George Clooney drama "The Descendants." The five-film lineup Feb. 25, available for $40, features "The Help," Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," the 9/11-themed "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and the front-runner, "The Artist."

INFO Visit for venues, showtimes and tickets.

THE MOVIE "Pariah"

THE DEAL One of the year's best-reviewed but least-seen films plays locally for one week, beginning tomorrow. It's the story of a black lesbian teenager, Alike (pronounced ah-LEE-kay, and played by newcomer Adepero Oduye), struggling with her identity in Brooklyn's middle-class Fort Greene neighborhood. "Pariah" won a cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival. Producer Nekisa Cooper will appear in person at a screening Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as part of a series honoring African American History Month.

INFO Tomorrow through Feb. 23 at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $10-$13. 631-423-7611;

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THE MOVIE "Eleanor's Secret"

THE DEAL This 2009 film from Belgium, about a boy whose book collection comes to life, is the first in a monthly program of international animated films not widely seen outside their home countries. Others include "The Secret of Kells" (March 17 and 18), an Oscar-nominated adventure-fantasy from Ireland, and "Azur & Asmar: The Prince's Quest" (April 21 and 22), a 2006 French production inspired by the art and folklore of the Middle East. All films are in English.

INFO Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Plaza Cinema &

Media Arts Center, 20 Terry St., Patchogue. Tickets are $10

and include popcorn. 631-848-7288;