Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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A range of solid if somewhat calculated calling cards from helmers who've studied at film schools around the world, now enjoying exposure across nearly all conceivable platforms.
What happened to that Oscars diversity problem? Poof. Gone. Judging from the five nominated short films in the live-action category, the motion picture academy's problems of blinkered, whitey-white Oscars selection could be solved ...
As always, a piece of this year's Oscar action belongs to short-film nominees.
Melodramatic, blandly traditional storytelling dominates.
Our hope is that Oscar will redeem itself this year and reward complex emotional interplay rather than slapstick and pat sentimentality.
This year's batch of live-action shorts add up to 103 mostly grim minutes, with only two out of five films not super-dark fare-and even those are pretty melancholy.
Of the five, "Everything Will Be Okay" delivers the biggest punch to the gut. ... Young actress Julia Pointner in her first credited role is a stunning discovery.
nominees use humour and drama to depict our world as a fractured place.
The 88th Academy Awards (R) ceremony airs on Sunday, February 28, 2016...now you have another way to get ready.
This is the best overall collection I've seen in years, everyone a four-star offering.
If these five films... can be said to have a unifying theme, it's this: We're not alone.... That is always a comforting thing to hear, and these five films all say that so well.
Some of this year's offerings are quite good. But when so many inventive short films are being made and distributed, it's a little tiring to see the same conventional narratives repeating themselves.
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