Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

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Tim Jenison (right) with producer Penn Jillette in "Tim's Vermeer."

Tim's Vermeer. Illuminating documentary about software inventor Tim Jenison's obsessive project to prove that the 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, long hailed for his photorealistic style, used optical devices to get the job, and the art, done. Narrated by Penn Jillette, directed by his less gabby showbiz sidekick, Teller. PG-13

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated. From indie artists and the cartoon atelier 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. Last chance to see before the Academy Award is handed out Sunday night! No MPAA rating

 

The Wind Rises. A love song about flight, about childhood obsessions realized, Hayao Miyazaki's latest and possibly last feature (he has announced his retirement) has the same dreamlike sense of magic that imbues all of the cartoon maestro's work - even though it's a story rooted in fact: the story of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi. Nominated for the animated feature Academy Award. PG-13

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