Sunday, July 5, 2015

Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

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A wild boy found in the woods is brought back to civilization in "Feral," an Oscar-nominated short film.
A wild boy found in the woods is brought back to civilization in "Feral," an Oscar-nominated short film.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live-Action Two standouts among the five Academy Award nominees: one, starring Martin Freeman, is a dark and clever existential brain-twister set in prison, where a psychologist interviews an inmate who claims he is God. The other: a nail-biter of a domestic drama, from France. No MPAA rating

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated From indie artists and the toon plant at Disney, from Japan and Belgium, from a children's book adaptation to a noirish tale of a feral child, a satisfying and stimulating selection. No clunkers here. No MPAA rating

Labor Day Kate Winslet is a sad, shut-in single mom whose life is upended - and whose passions are rekindled - thanks to a mysterious stranger (Josh Brolin) on the run from the law. A strangely copmpelling adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel, from director Jason Reitman. One minute it's a Harlequin bodice-ripper, the next it's Jim Thompson pulp. PG-13

Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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