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Best Picture Showcase returns to AMC theaters

Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"

Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Does Geoffrey Rush ("The King's Speech") have a chance to upend Christian Bale ("The Fighter") for best supporting actor at this year's Academy Awards?

Sure, but only the voting members of the Academy can determine that. The rest of us, we just have to watch the movies, make a pick and circle our choice on an Oscar pool sheet.

But can either of those two movies beat out the latest front-runner, "The Social Network," for best picture?  Only one way to find out . . . watch all 10 movies nominated for best picture.

Lucky for us, AMC theaters returns with its Best Picture Showcase, a two-day event for hardcore moviegoers.

For $35, you can purchase a one-day pass to see five of the nominated movies, plus get a $10 gift card for concessions. For $60, you can see all 10 movies in a two-day span, plus a $20 gift card for concessions.

For the extremely hard-core movie fan, cough up $50, bring a change of clothes and saddle up for a 24-hour movie marathon. You'll even get that $20 gift card for concessions.

Tickets are available at the box office of the two participating movie theaters on Long Island are AMC Loews Raceway 10 in Westbury and AMC Loews Stony Brook 17. For a complete list of participating theaters, try this.

The schedules are below (click the movie title to read our review and watch the trailer).

Saturday, Feb. 19

11 a.m.: "Toy Story 3"
1 p.m.: "127 Hours"
3 p.m.: "The Kids Are All Right"
5:45 p.m.: "True Grit"
7:45 p.m.:  "The Fighter"

Saturday, Feb. 26

11 a.m.: "Winter's Bone"
1 p.m.: "Black Swan"
3:10 p.m.: "Inception"
6:45 p.m.: "The Social Network"
9 p.m.: "The King's Speech"

The 24-hour marathon on Feb. 26 into Feb. 27

10 a.m.: "Toy Story 3"
12 p.m.: "127 Hours"
2 p.m.: "The Kids Are All Right"
4:15 p.m.: "True Grit"
7:15 p.m.:  "The Fighter"
9:45 p.m.: "Winter's Bone"
11:45 p.m.: "Black Swan"
2 a.m.: "Inception"
4:45 p.m.: "The Social Network"
7:05 a.m.: "The King's Speech"

Then go home take a nap, and watch the Oscars later that night.

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