Short Reviews of the 2014 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary

Our coverage of the 2014 Oscar nominated shorts concludes with some true-life tales.

Short Reviews of the 2014 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

Continuing our look at this year's crop of Oscar nominated shorts with the live action nominees.

Short Reviews of the 2014 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

Once upon a time, only select audiences had the opportunity to view the various short films that were up for Oscar consideration. Now though, these movies are available to (almost) everyone thanks to Shorts HD and Magnolia, which have teamed up annually to distribute all fifteen nominees in three separate categories -- Animation, Documentary and Live-Action -- theaters (starting January 31) and via VOD (starting February 25). (Visit the official site for more details.) Here are short reviews this year's short films -- starting with Animation -- along with our picks for which will win and which should win.

Golden Globes 2014: Our Gut Reaction to the Movie Nominations

by Ethan Alter December 12, 2013 10:13 am
Golden Globes 2014: Our Gut Reaction to the Movie Nominations

Captain Phillips wins big amongst Golden Globes voters, while everyone steels themselves for the first round in the pre-Oscar 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity battle.

New York Film Critics Online 2013 Awards Results

by Ethan Alter December 9, 2013 11:11 am
New York Film Critics Online 2013 Awards Results

The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO), of which TWoP's Moviefile is a voting member, met yesterday for its fourteenth annual awards ceremony. Here are the results from the meeting.

Indie Snapshot: 20 Feet From Stardom

by Ethan Alter June 14, 2013 11:27 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>20 Feet From Stardom</i>

The new documentary 20 Feet From Stardom makes a nice companion piece to the 2002 rock doc, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, which profiled the life and times of the previously unheralded Funk Brothers, the session band that played underneath so many Motown hits. Likewise, 20 Feet, seeks to spotlight a group of musicians whose contributions so often go unheralded: backup singers -- the men and women who stand in the recesses of the stage, providing vocal support to the frontmen and frontwomen whom the audience is screaming for.

Previewing the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

by Ethan Alter April 18, 2013 9:52 am
Previewing the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

New York's other film festival -- the one named after the fashionable Tribeca nabe, but actually unfolds all over Lower Manhattan -- returns for its 12th edition tonight, opening with the rock doc Mistaken For Strangers, a portrait of The National directed by the roadie brother of the band's lead singer. The subsequent eleven days of screenings, events and panel discussions will be just as eclectic, as Tribeca continues its mission to serve as the funky, cool little sibling to the older and more respectable New York Film Festival that unspools every year at the uptown (and upscale) Film Society of Lincoln Center. For the full schedule, visit the festival's online headquarters. In the meantime, here are some of the trends to watch for at this year's TFF.

Oscars 2013: The Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

by Ethan Alter January 31, 2013 6:00 am
Oscars 2013: The Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

We judge this year's crop of the animated shorts that are up for Oscar.

Oscars 2013: The Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts

by Ethan Alter January 31, 2013 6:00 am
Oscars 2013: The Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts

We break down the nominees for live action short.

Oscars 2013: Our Gut Reaction to the Nominations

by Ethan Alter January 10, 2013 10:26 am
Oscars 2013: Our Gut Reaction to the Nominations

We reflect on the just-announced 2013 Oscar nominations. Sorry DC Nation... Marvel Studios has kicked your butt one more time.

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