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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: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action

The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 10, 2012
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Review: Hop

This candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action imagines an Easter Bunny who's a cross between Santa Claus and Willy Wonka and an Easter with no mention of the Passion of the You Know Who.
Candy-colored, candy-pushing combo of animation and live action
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 01, 2011
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Review: Battle: Los Angeles

This alien-invasion thriller feels like something Jerry Bruckheimer might whip up if the Army asked him to take on its "Be All That You Can Be" campaign.
Jerry Bruckheimer's version of a "Be All You Can Be" PSA
By TOM MEEK  |  March 18, 2011