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Oscar’s best picture nominees: Can you sit through a marathon of all eight?

Mad Max: Fury Road

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.
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A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

It takes a special sort of person who has the stamina, the grit, the sheer determination to go the distance. But AMC Theatres knows you’re up to the challenge.

Once again, the Leawood-based theater chain presents a back-to-back batch of Academy Award nominees. The AMC Best Picture Showcase will feature the eight top contenders over two Saturdays. On Feb. 20, starting at 10 a.m.: “Bridge of Spies,” “Room,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Big Short.” On Feb. 27, also starting at 10 a.m.: “Brooklyn,” “Spotlight,” “The Martian” and “The Revenant.” Each day costs $35; save $5 with a two-day pass, available only at the box office. The theaters: Barrywoods, Independence, Legends, Olathe Studio 28, Ward Parkway.

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. Watney, however, has survived and has to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. The movie won a Golden Globes award

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Or, if you can handle it, brace your backside for a 24-hour marathon of all eight nominees, starting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at Olathe Studio 28, all for $55.

Meanwhile Cinemark Merriam presents Oscar Movie Week, when the best picture nominees will be shown at various times Feb. 22 to 28. A $40 pass lets you see all eight movies. Details at cinemark.com. In addition, the theater will show the live-action and animated Oscar-nominated shorts Feb. 26-28, all for $10. (Those shorts, as well as the documentary shorts, are also showing at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport.)

Frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by Leonard DiCaprio) is on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear. The film won three Golden Globes awards including Best Motion Picture - Drama.

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Nominated for 5 Oscars, the Big Short tells the story of four people who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks.

The Academy Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 on ABC.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc

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