We are only a few weeks away from the Academy Awards and each of the four Landmark Cinemas in the area are offering a chance to win a 12-month V.I.P. pass for two. All you have to do is guess who is going to win in the top six categories for your chance to win.
Enter at the The Grand 10 for their V.I.P. pass and chances at other prizes.
Not only is the Paramount Theatre offering you a chance for a V.I.P. pass, but for $5, you can watch the ceremony on the big screen with M.C. Kevin Lim of Sun FM, catering by Arby’s with proceeds going to Sun FM’s Have a Heart Radiothon. Additional prizing from various downtown businesses will be given out during the awards ceremony and attendees are encouraged to dress up.
The Encore Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna is celebrating a month of Academy Awards with special return engagements of nominated movies as well as a chance to win a V.I.P. pass by entering at the theatre, LaCucina Restorante, The Source, Momo Sushi, Sunbridge Tanning and OgoPlay Family Entertainment Centre.
Plus there is a Ladies pre-Oscar Dinner & Movie Event on Wednesday, Feb. 20 with La Cucina. Check the Encore’s page at www.landmarkcinemas.com for more details.
The Landmark Cinemas Xtreme 8 in West Kelowna is not only offering a chance to win another V.I.P. pass, but a fabulous runner-up prize courtesy of the merchants of the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre. Enter at the theatre or participating merchants DQ, Paws & Claws, RBC, Sammy J’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, Subway, TD Canada Trust, True Dental and Yamato.
Entry deadline is for the V.I.P. passes is Feb. 24 at 4 p.m.
New this week, Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon re-teams with Jason Bateman in Identity Thief, in which Melissa McCarthy steals Bateman’s identity and is living it up in Miami on his credit. Not getting any help from the authorities, he only has one week to travel across the country to confront her and regain his identity before his world implodes.
Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Magic Mike) directs Side
Effects, a provocative thriller about a successful New York couple (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by her psychiatrist (Jude Law) has unexpected side effects.
Opening at the Paramount, Anna Karenina is the third collaboration of Keira Knightly with acclaimed director Joe Wright following the successes of Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Although it does not have any Oscar nominations in the major categories, fans of period costume dramas will not be disappointed by its nods for Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score and Production design.
Next week, most of the new releases are opening a day early to take advantage of Valentine’s Day.
Next Thursday there is a romantic thriller (Safe Haven), a supernatural romance (Beautiful Creatures), a bromance (A Good Day to Die Hard) and one for animation lovers (Escape from Planet Earth).
There are also advance screenings of a Good Day to Die Hard and Beautiful Creatures at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.