In accordance with the Movie Fan Act of 1972, all Americans are required to see all five Best Picture nominees before the Academy Awards are handed out each year. (Non-Americans are not obligated, unless they are living on American soil. Residents of U.S. territories such as Guam and Puerto Rico are exempted.) Being stalwart patriots, the folks at AMC theaters have set up one day, Saturday, Feb. 21, where you can see all five of 'em back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back at select locations. It's your chance to do your duty and avoid a hefty fine from the Department of Movie Watching!

The event is happening at about 100 AMC theaters in 42 U.S. and Canadian cities (here's the list), and the cost is $30. For that you get all five movies, plus unlimited popcorn all day long. The schedule is the same everywhere. You'll start the day at 10:30 a.m. with a serving of Milk, then follow it up at 1:05 p.m. with The Reader. That takes care of all of the day's nudity, leaving you free to focus on other things. At 3:45, you'll see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, then watch Slumdog Millionaire at 7:15, and wrap things up with Frost/Nixon at 9:45. You can buy passes to the event online starting today.

But what if there isn't a participating AMC theater near you? Well, then you'll have to find a theater that's showing a couple of the nominees, buy a ticket to one, stick around for the other(s), then go to another theater and repeat the process with the remaining films. If you arrange it properly, you could probably spend less than $30, though you wouldn't get the unlimited popcorn. Also, I think it's illegal, so don't do it. I'm just saying you could.
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