Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
Although all technically accomplished, this year's batch of live-action shorts is more uneven.
Typically eclectic and entertaining.
In between these bookends are some fascinating and diverse offerings.
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
While there are few genuine knockouts, the 2013 crop is an improvement over last year.
There's a little something for everyone.
Every film is a balance of style and storytelling, the ideas explored and the medium used to express them.
This year's Live Action lineup honors a group of directors who've had successful careers in advertising, acting, recording, and arts activism.
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.
Lives up to its status as an annual Oscar-season treat.
The five Oscar nominated live action shorts from 2012, each about 20 minutes long: a dead soldier works for a shadow collector in a steampunkish afterlife, an elderly composer struggles with his memories, a suicidal drug addict is pressed into watching the daughter of his estranged sister, two Afghani boys hope to grow up to play Buzkashi (a game played on horseback with a dead goat), and a Somali boy decides between becoming a pirate or a fisherman. Most of these films are melancholy dramas, with a little black humor in the USA's "Curfew" and a little magical realism in Belgium's "Death of a Shadow"; "Henry" (the Canadian composer's story) was emotionally devastating and my favorite, but the field is strong enough that almost everyone seems to favor a different one (though oddsmakers have made "Curfew" a huge favorite). A refreshing change of pace from feature films.
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