film review

See the Oscar-nominated short films at Violet Crown Cinema on the Downtown Mall.

Quick takes: A roundup of Oscar-nominated short films

Short film blocks are often the highlight of any film festival, but when the Academy Awards come around, audiences are less familiar with them than with other categories. Here’s a rundown of this year’s nominees. Animated Short It would be easy to crown Pixar’s delightful Bao the early favorite on pedigree and name recognition alone, […]

In Destroyer, Nicole Kidman stars as a burned-out detective who’s spurred into action by the revival of a cold case.
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Action flameout: Nicole Kidman’s gritty performance can’t save Destroyer

Director Karyn Kusama is one of the most interesting directors working today who is not a household name. Her most well-known movies—the groundbreaking Girlfight, the misunderstood Jennifer’s Body and the underseen The Invitation—are very-different-but-terrific showcases for her as a technician. With an ability to extract exciting performances from established movie stars, and a mastery of […]