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Lantern to feature Oscar-nominated shorts

If you didn't catch the Oscar-nominated Animated and Live-action Shorts that played briefly at AMC River Park Square, you might want to catch them beginning Friday when they open at the Magic Lantern.

My partners on "Movies 101," the weekly show that Mary Pat Treuthart and Nathen Weinbender do for Spokane Public Radio, discussed the two programs on a recent show. (The second half of the show we discussed Clint Eastwood's most recent feature "The 15:17 to Paris").

But if you don't want to take the time to listen to 11 minutes or so of our discussion, check out the following comments from other critics:

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times: "The Oscar-nominated (animated) shorts may have smaller running times, but the themes tackled are often big." (Note: The Animated program includes three films that did not make the final list of nominees but were added to fill out the program to a fuller running time.)

 Glenn Kenny, New York Times: "The mastery of computer animation here is staggering."

Ella Taylor, NPR: "This year's crop of Academy Award-nominated live-action shorts — several of them made as newbie filmmakers' calling cards — make up in earnest humanity for what they lack in technical sophistication."