Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal)
What's It About? The film documents the decade-long manhunt for the world's most wanted fugitive, Osama bin Laden. Told through the eyes of Maya (Chastain), the CIA agent tasked with finding the Al Qaeda leader, we get to see the difficult and frustrating attempts made by our government to track down and kill bin Laden. It all leads up to the night of the heart-stopping SEAL Team Six raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Why You Should See It: You should try your best to ignore the torture controversy surrounding the film, because "Zero Dark Thirty" is worth your time. It's an emotionally draining adventure, a world-class suspense flick and a tense political drama, all wrapped into one. This was a movie made for adrenaline junkies, and it deserves to be seen on the big screen.
It's Kind of Like: A tightly-wound political thriller like "All the King's Men," mixed with Bigelow's 2008 Best Picture winner, "The Hurt Locker."
How You Should See It: "Zero Dark Thirty' is still playing in theaters, which, again, is where you should absolutely be seeing it. You can check out showtimes here.