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The Doc Option: Instead of "Red Tails" Watch "Wings for This Man"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 20, 2012 11:21 AM
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George Lucas is back with his first non-"Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones" production in nearly 20 years, and it's a World War II actioner about the African American pilots and crewmen known as the Tuskegee Airmen. If you're already familiar with the history of these heroic men, by all means go see the guy behind "The Phantom Menace" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" seem to do for the sky over Europe (with help from Cuba Gooding, Jr.) what Michael Bay did ten years ago for Pearl Harbor (with help from Cuba Gooding, Jr.). If you're not, then I have another Doc Option for you.

Short Starts: Watch Martin Luther King, Jr., in "The March"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 16, 2012 10:56 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day rather than a new release, we present a 1964 USIA documentary starring the civil rights leader.

Short Starts: Watch the 1952 Animated Version of "Beauty and the Beast"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 9, 2012 11:49 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two earlier animated versions of "Beauty and the Beast," in anticipation to Disney 3D rerelease, which hits theaters everywhere this Friday.

Short Starts: Watch 18-Year-Old Angelina Jolie in 2 "Mr. Viril" Films

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 2, 2012 1:16 PM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at two early appearances by Angelina Jolie in anticipation of her new directorial effort, "The Land of Blood and Honey," which is now playing in limited release and expands this Friday.

Short Starts: Watch Steven Spielberg's 1968 Calling Card, "Amblin'"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 19, 2011 10:15 AM
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Have you ever wondered where Steven Spielberg got the name for his production company, Amblin Entertainment? It comes from the filmmaker's first commercially released film, a 35mm short from 1968 titled "Amblin'." As it turns out, yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of its debut.

Short Starts: Watch 5 Early "Sherlock Holmes" Films (Plus Muppets)

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 12, 2011 10:36 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a few early "Sherlock Holmes" films in anticipation of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which opens this Friday.

Short Starts: Watch 3 Early Films by "Young Adult" Director Jason Reitman

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 5, 2011 10:34 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a few early films by Jason Reitman, whose latest feature, "Young Adult," opens in limited release this week.

Which Animated Short Could Possibly Beat Pixar's "La Luna" for the Oscar?

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • December 2, 2011 12:40 PM
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Yesterday the Academy announced the 10 animated shorts that have made it onto the shortlist for the Oscar, to be given out in February. Only three to five of these films will be nominated, but even getting this far is an incredibly exciting accomplishment. Therefore, instead of just copying out the list and moving on, let’s talk about them a bit.

Short Starts: Watch "Shame" Actress Lucy Walters in the Creepy, Kinky "Prickles" (and watch a documentary starring Steve McQueen)

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 28, 2011 9:47 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at a film starring Lucy Walters of "Shame," which opens in limited release this Friday.

Short Starts: Watch Jim Henson's Oscar-Nominated "Time Piece"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 21, 2011 9:18 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early film by Jim Henson, who created The Muppets.

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