Gone are the days when you could spend an afternoon at the movies. With tickets $10 a pop, most people are content to see one film at a time. Buck the trend Saturday, Jan. 30 with Oscar-nominated short films at The Flicks. For $7-$9, catch some of the best in world live-action short cinema, including:
Ave Maria, directed by Basil Khalil, about five nuns living in the West Bank who must come up with novel solutions when helping a car full of Israeli settlers threatens their vows of silence.
Shok, directed by Jamie Donoughue. In 1998, two Kosovo friends watch as their country is overrun by war.
Everything Will Be OK, directed by Patrick Vollrath. A divorced father picks up his 8-year-old daughter, only to realize something about her isn't quite right.
Day One, directed by Henry Hughes. An Afghan-American female soldier chasing a bomb maker must help his wife when she goes into labor.
Show times for the live action shorts are 12:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. The total run time is 107 minutes.
If you don't want the good times to end, check out the nominated animated shorts, including:
Sanjay's Super Team, directed by Sanjay Patel. This Pixar short tells the story of a first-generation Indian-American boy whose love of American pop culture conflicts with his father's sense of tradition.
World of Tomorrow, directed by Don Hertzfeld. A girl learns about the future from her future self, learning about humanity's fate.
Bear Story, directed by Gabriel Osorio. An old bear uses a mechanical diorama to show people the life of a circus bear who wishes it could return to its family in the woods.
We Can't Live Without Cosmos, directed by Konstantin Bronzit. Two best friends do what it takes to become cosmonauts.
Prologue, directed by Richard Williams. A young girl witnesses an incident from the Spartan-Athenian wars.
If I Was God, directed by Cordell Baker. A 12-year-old boy dissecting a frog in biology class wonders what it would be like to be God.
The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse. A gray fox on the hunt meets an unusual mouse.
The Loneliest Stoplight, directed by Bill Plympton. A stoplight contemplates life at a notorious intersection. Voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt.
Catch It. A vulture tries to disturb some meerkats taking care of a unique fruit near their burrow.