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The road to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony is paved by our own arthouse cinema and neighbor, Cine. In the 2014 race to the Oscars, the major contenders are the films that dramatize a moment or even a lifetime of human strength and audacity—those with the power to really hit home.

Make sure not to miss Wild—screening at Cine through Thursday night. Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure hiking over one thousand milks on the Pacific Crest trail is both moving and uplifting. The power of human determination is staggering.

The Imitation Game, a late arrival to the race, looks at the mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing whose greatest secret obscured his greatest success.

In Foxcatcher, arriving this weekend to Cine, wrestler Mark Schultz sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. This psychological drama shows the underbelly of the quest for Olympic Gold and the motivations that drive us to greatness.

Through February 22, The National is your hub for post-film discussions and Oscar predictions. We’ve got the good food to calm a heated a debate and the cocktails to loosen lips and inspire emotion. Make your reservation with us for dinner seven nights a week, before or after your movie next door.