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Short Starts: Watch "Lorax" Director Chris Renaud's Oscar-Nominated "No Time for Nuts"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 27, 2012 2:27 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 the directorial debut of Chris Renaud, who co-directed "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which opens Friday.

Short Starts: Watch "Wanderlust" Director David Wain's 1991 Film "Aisle Six"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • February 20, 2012 12:12 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 the first film by David Wain, who directed and co-wrote "Wanderlust," which opens Friday.

Sundance 2012: Top Online Shorts "Long Distance Information" and "The Debutante Hunters"

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • January 25, 2012 7:23 PM
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All of the nine shorts Yahoo and the Sundance Film Festival have put on the web are pretty good. It’s an impressive crop, and I’d say more consistent than a lot of the stuff festivals have put online in the last year. Yet in any batch of films a few rise to the top. I’ve rounded up the other seven, and the oddly consistent problem they have. Here are my two favorites and some gushing about why I think they’re absolutely worth your time.

Short Starts: Watch "Dennis," Short Source of the Sundance Drama "Teddy Bear"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 23, 2012 12:23 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, in honor of Sundance rather than a new release, we present a 2007 short that has now been adapted for a feature film.

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.

Watch Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" on its 85th Anniversary

  • By Spout
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  • January 10, 2012 2:17 PM
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On January 10, 1927, Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" premiered in Berlin at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo. The silent sci-fi masterpiece was met with mixed reviews at the time but would go on to be one of the most revered and influencial movies of all time, though not in the form that was shown 85 years ago today.

10 Great Films Set in New Mexico - For the State's Centennial

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 7, 2012 5:57 PM
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Happy belated birthday to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, which celebrated its 100th anniversary as a state this week. One century ago, on January 6, 1912, the New Mexico Territory was admitted to the union by Congress. And throughout its existence the state has been a major part of cinema and TV history. Actually, films have been shot there since the 19th century, as you'll see below, and Selig Polyscope Company had an early studio in Las Vegas, NM, through the 1910s, mainly for producing Westerns starring Tom Mix. In 1912 alone, Mack Sennett, D.W. Griffith and Thomas Ince shot shorts there. And in the 21st century the state's link to filmmaking has increased tremendously.

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.

The Doc Option: Instead of "The Iron Lady" Watch "Tracking Down Maggie"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 30, 2011 12:24 PM
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Is there any reason to see "The Iron Lady" than to watch Meryl Streep knock another one out of the park? Was there any reason to watch the Bulls in the late '80s other than to see Michael Jordan? I don't know. I haven't seen the new Margaret Thatcher biopic, and I don't know anything about basketball. I do know docs, though, and so I have another Doc Option for you.

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