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Movie buzz: 9 nominees -- Identity crisis

"War Horse" is nominated for best picture in the 84th annual Academy Awards. It also landed nominations for art direction, cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and original score. Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper Photo/

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;

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;

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