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  • Two Bond villains and Eva Green walk into a western, and they emerge with a rugged -- if far from revolutionary -- old-school horse-opera throwback. Having long since ditched the Dogme 95 precepts that guided his breakout 2000 feature The King...

  • 2 months ago | Film and TV

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

  • 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 Bolt,...

  • Far outpacing its 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...

  • 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...

  • 2 months ago | Film and TV

    While many of Oscar's big shots clock in at more than two hours, some filmmakers remain committed to telling unique and inventive stories that don't require viewers to set aside an entire night to enjoy. The Academy Award-nominated short films run...