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Oscar-nominated shorts fill movie screen at The Flicks

“Piper,” from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food. But the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
“Piper,” from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food. But the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. Disney/Pixar

Don’t have enough time to catch every Oscar-nominated movie before the Academy Awards on Feb. 26? Do the next best thing: See every animated and live-action short. They’re packaged into separate, unrated “Oscar shorts” screenings at The Flicks. In 87 minutes, you can enjoy all five animated shorts plus three runners-up, each ranging in time from 5 to 9 minutes. (Pixar’s 6-minute baby-sandpiper adventure, “Piper” is so darn cute.) There’s one exception: “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” is notable both for the fact that it’s 35 minutes long and not for children. While the animated shorts are a combination of American and foreign films, all five live-action shorts are from another part of the globe. They tend to run longer, too — 15 to 30 minutes, totaling 134 minutes — so splurge on an extra-large bowl of popcorn.

Animated: 4:55 and 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16.

Live action: 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16

Animated: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, Feb. 19; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20-Thursday, Feb. 24.

Live-action: 12:20 p.m. 4:50 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, Feb. 19; 4:50 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20-Thursday, Feb. 24.

The Flicks, 646 W. Fulton St., Boise. $7 matinee/child/student/senior/military, $9 adult. theflicksboise.com.

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