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  • Russell Crowe proves to be a proficient director in need of better material with The Water Diviner, an adaptation of Andrew Anastasios and Dr. Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios's inspired-by-true-events novel. In 1919, Joshua Connor (Crowe), a "water...

  • A deranged pseudo-feminist fable, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter takes its tedious time getting to its unrewarding destination. Habitually dressed like Little Red Riding Hooded Sweatshirt, Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is an unhappy Tokyo office...

  • Two Bond villains and Eva Green walk into a western, and they emerge with a rugged -- if far from revolutionary -- old-school horse-opera throwback. Having long since ditched the Dogme 95 precepts that guided his breakout 2000 feature The King...

  • This year's Oscar-nominated animated shorts boast no true marvel, though that's hardly damning. Of the five, it's the Disney-imprinted Feast that hews the closest to familiar aesthetics, utilizing a beautiful CG style -- think Bolt,...

  • Of the five live-action entries in this year's Oscar-nominated shorts, the most insufferable is Aya, an Israeli import about a woman who, while waiting at the airport, is asked to temporarily hold a limo driver's sign, and then decides to...

  • Far outpacing its animated and live-action brethren, this year's Oscar-nominated documentary shorts offer wrenching views on death, dislocation, hardship, and loss. Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry's Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1...