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With the Oscar nominees announced, it's the perfect time to catch up on the contenders still playing in theaters: Best Picture contenders "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are hitting theaters nationwide, while popular hits "Lincoln," "Les Miserables," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi" and "Argo" are holding strong. You can also catch Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts in harrowing survival adventure "The Impossible" and Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington's tour-de-force performance in "Flight." Per usual, January is not a fertile ground for strong new movies. Arrivals this weekend will be fighting for attention amidst the Oscar chatter. Dustin Hoffman's delightfully escapist "Quartet," which had an-Oscar qualifying run, leads the pack at 78% Fresh. Despite its abundance of movie stars, the post-Aurora-delayed "Gangster Squad" is failing to »

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