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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action
The Oscar-nominated shorts, live-action and animated, make their annual appearance at the Kendall Square starting today. That’s good news for short-film aficionados and those looking to ace their office betting pool, or it would be if the live-action contenders weren’t a woeful mixed bag. Only one, France’s “Just Before Losing Everything,” works as a film, but it really works: A harrowing tale of a mother and her children fleeing an abusive husband.
The animated shorts category is much stronger, with the two best coming at the art of ’toons from opposite quarters, aesthetic and commercial. “Feral” is an eerie fable about a 19th-century wild child, and “Get a Horse!” is a hilarious meta-mash-up of old school Disney animation and CGI character comedy.