Garde kicks off its Winter Cinema Series

Saoirse Ronan, left, and Lucas Hedges in a scene from 'Lady Bird.'   (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)
Saoirse Ronan, left, and Lucas Hedges in a scene from "Lady Bird." (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)

You know how you used to cram for tests when you were in college? Well, here’s a chance for you to cram for the Oscars — and yes, that’s way more fun than cramming for an exam about, say, microbiology.

The Garde Arts Center is running its Winter Cinema Series that showcases all sorts of Academy Award nominees. Kicking things off tonight is “The Big Sick,” the year’s best romantic comedy that also happens to be shot through with drama. It’s based on the real story of star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. They dated and broke up. When she fell into a coma, he returned and stayed by her bedside. Nanjiani and Gordon are nominated for the screenplay they co-wrote.

Following on Friday is “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s thrillingly visceral take on how World War II soldiers, stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk, were saved from the encroaching Nazis. “Dunkirk” is up for a best-picture Oscar, and Nolan is among the best director nominees; the movie is also in the running for cinematography, editing, original score, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing.

On Saturday night, the series will feature “Lady Bird,” a coming-of-age movie that calls upon the usual tropes but makes them all feel fresh and real. The nominations: best picture, directing and screenplay for Greta Gerwig, and acting nods for Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.

On Saturday afternoon, the Garde screens “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is up for original score, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects.

In the weeks that follow, a whole array of Oscar-nominated films take to the Garde screen.

WINTER CINEMAS SERIES

Listed below are the movies announced so far for the series. All screenings are at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Garde at 325 State St., New London. A series pass is $55 through 5 p.m. Feb. 1 and $65 thereafter. Single screenings are $11.

Tonight: “The Big Sick”

Friday: “Dunkirk”

Saturday: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” 3 p.m.

Saturday: “Lady Bird”

Feb. 9: “Get Out”

Feb. 10: 2018 Oscar shorts, 3 p.m.

Feb. 10: “The Florida Project”

Feb. 11: “The Disaster Artist,” 3 p.m.

Feb. 16: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Feb. 17: “The Post”

Feb. 18: “I, Tonya,” 3 p.m.

March 4: “Call Me by Your Name”

March 9: “The Shape of Water”

 

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