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The £10 Challenge: Kick back, relax and enjoy the Oscars battle in a Manchester cinema near you

By Matt Simpson

What better way could there be to entertain yourself for under £10 in such bad weather than a trip to a warm cinema to watch an award-winning film?

For those ready to brave arctic conditions this January, head over to one of Manchester’s cosy cinemas and you could well be in for a treat.

This Friday sees two huge blockbusters, and Oscar rivals, released in the UK – Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Steven Spielberg’s eagerly anticipated Lincoln.

Nominated for five Oscars – including Best Picture – Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the decade-long struggle to find Osama Bin Laden following the events of 9/11.

From the director of The Hurt Locker, this film follows CIA operative Maya as she experiences first-hand some of the tactics the USA employed in their search for the al-Qaeda leader.

However Bigelow’s film faces stiff competition for the Academy awards, and your attention, from Spielberg’s American Civil War epic, Lincoln, which was nominated for 12 Oscars.

For starters the history drama boasts a stellar cast including Daniel Day-Lewis, as Abraham Lincoln, Sally Field, as his wife Mary, and Tommy Lee Jones.

The story centres on the conflict within Lincoln’s administration over the decision to emancipate the slaves, while the Civil War erupts around them.

But if that is not enough to get you reaching for your hat and scarf, you could always make the effort to see Quentin Tarantino’s action-packed western Django Unchained.

The film stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a free slave who tries to rescue his wife from a Mississippi plantation aided by German bounty hunter Christoph Waltz.

Cornerhouse and AMC Manchester at Deansgate offer good value with tickets priced between £5.50 and  £6.80 for adults.

And with your change, you can treat yourself to a little something from the popcorn or sweet counter! 

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