Pixar’s “Day and Night” originally screened with Toy Story 3; now both are up for an Academy Award.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011
In theaters Feb 11
Varsity Theatre

Before the Oscars air on February 27, Landmark Theatres offers the opportunity to play Academy judge and view this year’s nominated short films—animated, live action, and documentary. The animated field looks particularly tight with the inclusion of Pixar’s “Day and Night” and "Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary),” a stylized stroll through Madagascar by a French video game designer. (Note: If you’re feeling movie mad right now, Oscar-nominated documentary Inside Job, about the downfall of our economy in 2008, is at Varsity Theatre until Short Films opens.)

Noir City at SIFF
Feb 11-17
McCaw Hall

A week of classic film noir: Marilyn Monroe thrills in Don’t Bother to Knock, which bills her as “every inch a woman…the most talked about actress of 1952,” and Ronald Coleman delivers an Oscar-winning performance in A Double Life. Lots of double features all weekend.

You’re Lookin’ at Country
Feb 10, 7pm
Northwest Film Forum

KEXP’s Greg Vandy hosts an evening dedicated to the darker side of country—that’s more “Folsom Prison Blues” than “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Expect a live performance by Texas-born, steely-eyed singer Ian Moore and a rare screening of Johnny Cash’s film debut (as a sadistic bank robber), 1961 crime drama Five Minutes to Live.

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