Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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If you're primed for the sudden shifts in tone, style, story and look, the payoff is one provocative and evocative film after another.
A strong field of Oscar contenders ...
The "Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2012" lack the consistency of last year's group ...
There are three separate annual compilations of Oscar-nominated shorts, with the animation reel always more popular than the live-action and documentary offerings.
This year's Academy Award nominees in the category of animated short film feel notably old-fashioned, quaint even.
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
Every film is a balance of style and storytelling, the ideas explored and the medium used to express them.
The five films the Academy anointed as nominees for this year's Best Animated Short category take to heart the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words ...
'Paperman'... might be the most romantic movie of the year...
Of the three different contests for best short film - documentary, live action and animation - the live action nominees are the strongest category.
A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing.
Once again, chock-full of bite-sized gems.
The five animated shorts nominated for an Academy Award this years, plus some bonus shorts to round out the running time. The nominees are the fun but slight 2-minute stop-motion "Fresh Guacamole"; the clever standalone Simpsons short "The Last Day Care"; Disney's romantic "Paperman"; "Head Over Heels," about a wife who lives on the ceiling while hubby takes the floor; and "Adam and Dog," about man's first encounter with his canine pal in the Garden of Eden. Curiously, none of the nominated shorts have any dialogue. The black and white "Paperman" looks great and is the prohibitive favorite, but my vote would go to "Adam and Dog" for the best combination of visual artistry and storytelling. Overall a bit of an uneven and even a weak field (comparitively speaking) make this a worthwhile but innessenial compilation.
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