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Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action and Animated

Highlights of the live-action shorts include the beautifully direct performances by Somali refugees in "Asad," a contemporary story (with folkloric undertones) of a boy who wants to be a pirate; the del Toro–esque fantasy setting of "Death of a Shadow";

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 01, 2013
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Review: Frankenweenie

Death becomes Tim Burton, whose best films feature corpses or the undead.
Shaggy dog story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: A Cat In Paris

Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's nicely hand-drawn and colored French cartoon was a 2012 Academy Award nomination for best animated film.
Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's French cartoon
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 29, 2012
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Review: The Wrath of the Titans

The folks who gave us the bombastic 3D remake of Clash of the Titans unleash Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath , and it's sensational — if you like being stuffed into a trash can and rolled down a hill.
Sword & sandal frenzy
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Regrettably, this team loses a lot of Seuss's quirkiness, though not the message about corporate greed and slash-and-burn imperialism.
3D animated spectacular
By TOM MEEK  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Chico & Rita

This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
An animated film for grown-ups
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2012


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Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Animated

One film stands out among the Animated Shorts, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby's Wild Life .
Standouts
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 10, 2012
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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

The Fullmetal Alchemist series has expanded impressively, from the 2001 graphic novel, to the 2003 anime series and film to the 2009 reboot of the anime, and now Kazuya Murata's film, which picks up from the middle of the second anime reboot.
Animated alchemical battles
By MADDY MYERS  |  January 20, 2012
Short Take: The Adventures of Tintin

Review: The Adventures of Tintin(1)

I don't know how fans of the title hero are going to take this adaptation, since I'm not familiar with the classic Hergé comic strip on which it's based, but followers of Steven Spielberg might regard it as a second-rate, animated Indiana Jones.
Spielberg's second-rate animated Indiana Jones
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Happy Feet Two

 Lovely to look at despite the 3D, and sometimes bordering on the psychedelic, this crack-brained morality tale blends the sublimely weird and the cloyingly awful as it preaches once again the paradox that you should be true to yourself as long as you a
Crack-brained morality tale
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
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Review: The Smurfs

It may be a 3D movie set in a world populated by computer-animated blue-skinned natives, but this isn't Avatar .
An uninspired rip-off
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011


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Review: Winnie the Pooh

If you don't mind paying full price for something so brief, you'll be delighted to find a musically driven film the whole family can enjoy.
Disney dusts off the bear of little brain
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 22, 2011
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Following the blighted example of Gulliver, Kelly Asbury's vapid adaptation takes a great classic and makes it stupid for the kids.
Inevitable movie allusions and a hideous flamingo don't do this animated flop any favors
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2011
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Braziliant

As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 01, 2009