Now that Sundance is just about over and the Oscar race has begun, there are some excellent opportunities for film fans across the country to see some great stuff on the big screen. Repertory cinema seems hotter than ever, because it not only affords cinephiles the opportunity to see their favorite films on the big screen, but it allows filmmakers to interact and discuss their work with the folks who watched and enjoyed it for years and, in so doing, helped it endure. Meanwhile, it's also a forum for potential award winners to get out, talk about and promote their films in those months between their initial release and the Oscar telecast.

Before we get to the stuff we think you should see up on the big screen, though, we would like to remind you to please leave comments and send in emails with any suggestions you may have for events, screenings or other opportunities film fans may have to share with others in their celebration of the medium. Also, when and if you attend any of the events listed below, please let us know about your experiences, and let the organizers know where you found out about it!

Austin

On Feb. 2, head downtown to the Alamo Ritz for 'Flash Gordon,' one of Edgar Wright's favorite films thanks to the comely presence of Italian bombshell Ornella Muti. Wright won't be there in person, but make sure you check out the Alamo Drafthouse website for additional screening details and ticket information.

Because I am resoundingly not a fan of Nick Cassavetes' film 'The Notebook,' I am compelled to recommend screenings of it on Feb. 4 and 5 at the Alamo Ritz only because they are coordinated by Master Pancake Theatre, which guarantees some aggressive ridiculing of its preposterously melodramatic romance. In which case, if you actually like the film, these screenings may not be for you, but make sure you check out the Alamo Drafthouse website for additional screening details and ticket information.

Chicago

In order to properly celebrate Punxsutawney Phil's favorite holiday, the Max Palevsky Cinema is screening Harold Ramis's terrific comedy starring Bill Murray, 'Groundhog Day.' Because Murray has created such a mythic persona for himself in recent years by showing up at events unannounced, it seems vaguely possible he might end up in the theater with attendees, but make sure you check out the Eventful website for additional screening details and ticket information.

Over at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Feb. 5, absolutely make sure that you check out Georges Franju's classic horror film 'Eyes Without a Face,' one of the greatest films this writer has ever seen. (And no, it's not related in any way to the Billy Idol song of the same name, although we like that pretty well too.) The screening begins at 5:15, but make sure you check out the Siskel Film Center website for additional screening details and ticket information.

Dallas

The Texas Theatre is well-known for its high-profile repertory screenings, but this week it offers its clientele a special treat with amazing presentations of two Alex Cox films, 'Straight to Hell' (on Feb. 2) and 'Sid and Nancy' (on Feb. 3). Most amazingly, after 'Straight to Hell,' Alex Cox himself will conduct a Q&A with attendees (via remote) and talk about what he's been up to during the last two decades. 'Straight to Hell' starts at 8:00 PM, but make sure you check out the Texas Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.

Los Angeles

While you should always take advantage of any opportunity to see nouvelle vague film in any format, especially make sure you head over to the Egyptian Theatre on Feb. 3 to see a double feature of Godard's 'Contempt' and Truffaut's 'Shoot the Piano Player,' two films paired together specifically because of their use of music by acclaimed French composer George Delerue. The double feature starts at 7:30, but make sure you check out the Egyptian Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.

For a double dose of indie cred on Feb. 4, head down to the Cinefamily for a double feature of 'Citizen Ruth' and 'Flirting With Disaster,' which will be introduced and discussed by their respective directors, Alexander Payne and David O. Russell. The program starts at the Silent Movie Theatre at 7:30, but make sure you check out the Cinefamily website for additional screening details and ticket information.

New York

At midnight of Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5, Sunshine Cinema is showing Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece 'Rear Window.' Because the film was restored a few years ago, the 35mm print for this should be wonderful, but make sure you check out the Sunshine Cinema website for additional screening details and ticket information.


San Francisco

Whether or not you saw his latest film 'How Do You Know,' make sure you visit the Castro Theatre on Feb. 1 for a screening of 'Broadcast News,' which will be introduced and discussed by writer-director James L. Brooks in person. The conversation with Brooks will be moderated by actor Danny DeVito, but make sure you check out the Castro Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.

Seattle

At the Egyptian Theatre in Seattle on Feb. 4 and 5, check out midnight showings of Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park.' Make sure you check out the Egyptian Theatre website for additional screening details and ticket information.