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  • Far outpacing their animated and live-action brethren, this year's Oscar-nominated documentary shorts offer wrenching views on death, dislocation, hardship and loss. Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry's Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1...

  • This year's Oscar-nominated animated shorts boast no true marvel, though that's hardly damning. Of the five, it's the Disney-imprinted Feast that hews the closest to familiar aesthetics, utilizing a beautiful CG style — think...

  • Of the five live-action entries in this year's Oscar-nominated shorts, the most insufferable is Aya, an Israeli import about a woman who, while waiting at the airport, is asked to temporarily hold a limo driver's sign, and then decides to...

  • A ménage à trois promises freedom and joy but ultimately leads to misery and heartbreak in Beloved Sisters, Dominik Graf's sterling opus about the real-life affair between late-18th-century German poet Friedrich Schiller...

  • From Dave to The Dictator, politicians-replaced-by-doppelgängers has long been a favorite comedy movie device — yet never has it been employed for more torturous faux-funny business than in Viva la Libertà....

  • Like so much of his celebrated work, documentarian Frederick Wiseman's National Gallery is long, leisurely paced, wide-ranging, meticulously crafted, intellectually intricate and touched with profundity. Demanding intense engagement with...