• Mr. Hublot (see “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated”)

When I was a kid parked in front of the TV set, my father would say things to me like, “Too bad you can’t get a job watching cartoons.” Well, I guess I showed him: in this week’s long review I consider the five animated shorts, screening at Landmark’s Century Centre, that made the cut for the 2014 Academy Awards. We’ve also reviewed the nominated live-action shorts, screening at Landmark on a separate bill, and the nominated documentary shorts, showing at Music Box in two installments. Speaking of Music Box, this week it presents the first Chicago run of Hirokazu Kore-edu’s Like Father, Like Son, which Ben Sachs counted among the best films of 2013 after it screened at the Chicago International Film Festival.

  • Fire in the Blood

Check out the new issue for capsule reviews of: Fire in the Blood, an eye-opening documentary about the ten million people who died of AIDS because Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline were busy protecting their drug patents; I Am Breathing, a profile of a man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease; I, Frankenstein, a futuristic fantasy with Aaron Eckhart as the Frankenstein monster; Jobriath A.D., a documentary about the openly gay glam rocker whose career crashed and burned in the 1970s; and Labor Day, the latest from Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict and Kate Winslet as the lonely divorcee who takes him in.

  • Sylvia Scarlett

Best bets for repertory: Wong Kar-wai’s As Tears Go By (1988) and Days of Being Wild (1991) at Gene Siskel Film Center; Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985), midnight Friday and Saturday at Music Box; Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura (1960), Wednesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Wednesday with free admission at Northbrook Public Library; Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz’s Native Land (1942), Saturday afternoon at Block Museum of Art; John Cassavetes’s Shadows (1959), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center; George Cukor’s Sylvia Scarlett (1935), Monday at Doc; and Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin, all week at Film Center.

Don’t forget these special events: Crispin Glover appears in person at Music Box on Friday to read from his work and introduce It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.; White Light Cinema presents a quartet of shorts by German essayist Harun Farocki; and University of Chicago Film Studies Center presents Has the Film Already Started?, which “asks the audience to consider when exactly a film screening starts and ends by separating out the elements of light, sound, projection and spectators.” The program begins Friday at 5:30 PM, we think.