Mr. Hublot

Most of the features in contention for the Academy Awards have been screening in town for months, but this week brings your first (and, in some cases, probably your last) chance to see the nominated short films. Music Box screens the best documentary shorts in two different programs, and Landmark’s Century Centre presents the best live-action and animated shorts. I confess that I look forward most to the animations, if only because they tend to be a little more adult than the nominees for best animated feature. Not being a parent, I have a hard time dragging myself to stuff like DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, Universal’s Despicable Me 2, or even Disney’s well-reviewed Frozen—to name three of the features nominated this year. Meanwhile, such beautiful, philosophical, resolutely grown-up animations as Michel Gondry’s Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? and Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty go unnoticed. Read more.