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2011 OS­CAR-NOM­I­NATED AN­I­MATED SHORT FILMS If you saw Toy Story 3 on the big screen, you might also have caught the sweet, clever Day & Night, one of this year’s Os­car-nom­i­nated shorts. Take this op­por­tu­nity to see se­lec­tions with­out the Pixar pedigree — The Lost Thing alone is worth the price of ad­mis­sion. Let’s Pol­lute plays like a tongue-incheek retro PSA, while Mada­gas­car, Car­net de Voy­age uses a cre­ative blend of an­i­ma­tion styles in a video travel di­ary. The Gruf­falo fol­lows a clever mouse on a walk through the woods; fea­tur­ing voice work by He­lena Bon­ham Carter, Tom Wilkin­son, and Rob­bie Coltrane, it’ll charm au­di­ences young and old. Not rated. 65 min­utes to­tal. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Laurel Glad­den) 2011 OS­CAR-NOM­I­NATED SHORT FILMS Re­mem­ber: many an ac­claimed fea­ture-length au­teur started out mak­ing shorts. This year’s Os­car-nom­i­nated batch ranges in tone from pro­found ( The Con­fes­sion, about a boy­hood prank gone hor­ri­bly wrong; Na Wewe, which flashes back to 1994’s Rwan­dan geno­cide; and Wish 143, about a dy­ing boy’s un­usual re­quest) to play­ful (the Valen­tine Day-ap­pro­pri­ate God of Love and The Crush, which is both sweet and sus­pense­ful). Who knows — this could be your chance to see the early work of the next Martin Scors­ese. Not rated. 140 min­utes to­tal. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Laurel Glad­den) THE WAY BACK Based on a sup­pos­edly true story, this of­ten plod­ding film, di­rected by Peter Weir, is a by-the-num­bers prison-break tale in­vig­o­rated by some stun­ning cin­e­matog­ra­phy, dark hu­mor, and a lively per­for­mance by Colin Far­rell as a mur­der­ous con­vict. The pic­ture fea­tures some strik­ing, silent se­quences of the es­capees’ long trek from a Siberian gu­lag to safety, but when the loosely de­fined char­ac­ters fi­nally break into mono­logues de­pict­ing their back­ground story, you might wish you were in an­other the­ater. Rated PG-13. 132 min­utes. CCA Cine­math­eque, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

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