2017 Oscar Shorts Nominees

Capsule reviews of this year’s Academy award nominees in live-action short films: Sing (Hungary, Dir. Kristof Deák): A beatific children’s choir opens “Sing” with the kind of positive message that’s the lifeblood of...


Hoofing It: “La La Land”

La La Land (2016, Dir. Damien Chazelle):  “There’s something to be said for having even unrealistic dreams. Even if the dreams don’t come true – that to me is what’s beautiful about Los Angeles. It’s full of these people who have...


Checkmated: “The Killing”

The Killing (1956, Dir. Stanley Kubrick):  You have not yet learned that you have to be like everyone else. The perfect mediocrity. No better, no worse. Individuality is a monster, and it must be strangled in its cradle to make our friends feel...


Cosmicomics: “Doctor Strange”

Doctor Strange (2016, Dir. Scott Derrickson):  Ever since his introduction in 1963, Doctor Strange has always been among the trippiest of Marvel’s superheroes. A sorcerer through-and-through, given to bending time and space, the character was...

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