Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 3:02pm

This year’s group of Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts are not lighthearted. There’s death, illness and abuse packed into their brief runtimes. Yet the ability to convey a moving story in a short amount of time is an achievement that should not be understated. This year’s shorts are beautifully and artistically created by hard-working teams from around the globe, labors of love that packed an emotional punch into short runtimes. Here are the Animated Shorts nominated for the 2020 Oscars, ranked.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:01pm

Everyone knows a horse girl. They stash their homework in colorful horse folders, gallop their way through recess and talk about equestrian practice at every opportunity. It’s such a stereotype that Urban Dictionary has 26 definitions of the term.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 4:38pm

“Do you know what a harlequin is? A harlequins role is to serve. Its nothing without a master.”

That’s not the case anymore. Margot Robbie’s (“Suicide Squad”) Harley Quinn is much, much more than that, as she proves in the new movie “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.” 

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 4:33pm

“West of Arkham the hills rise wild,” begins H.P. Lovecraft’s famous short story “Color Out of Space” and the 2020 film adaptation of the same name. The movie starts off with the story’s entrancing opening passage in which its main character, a water surveyor, details a particularly creepy woodland in Massachusetts.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 5:50pm

It would be dishonest to say that my decision to go to Sundance wasn’t at least mildly (okay, heavily) influenced by the fact that superstar Taylor Swift’s documentary, “Miss Americana,” would be screened at the festival before its Jan. 31 Netflix release. As the kickoff to the film festival, “Miss Americana” was one of the hottest tickets in Park City; its premiere saw lines wrapping around the block in the cold Utah winter, hundreds of people waiting for the chance to catch a glimpse of Swift and/or her movie.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 5:14pm

Guy Ritchie (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) has built up a reputation for a certain type of film — movies that are violent, droll and very British. “The Gentlemen” is no exception, adding another fast-moving crime action film to his repertoire. Considering Ritchie’s latest film “Aladdin,” it’s nice to see him returning to what he’s known for: sharp cuts, sharper wit and unbridled action.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 5:00pm

Picture this: a screen so dark and foggy it’s nearly impossible to see what’s happening, background sound effects that shake the theater with their volume and make it difficult to hear dialogue and more jump scares than any movie needs to have. That’s “Underwater.” 

The movie’s plot isn’t terrible; It just isn’t great. It isn’t executed as well as it could have been. On top of the rather poor visuals and effects, it’s like every single other science fiction movie in existence, which makes it feel unoriginal and like I’ve seen it before. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 4:57pm

A detective and a Capuchin monkey sit in a dark room. The detective takes a drag on his cigarette. “So,” he begins, “we meet in a train station, Jack. You know anything about birds?” 

It gets weirder from there. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 11:44am

About ten minutes into “Uncut Gems,” I wondered if I was on drugs. I wasnt, but the symptoms were all there. I couldn’t understand much of what was going on, but what I did comprehend was completely, almost exhaustingly insane. 

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 5:06pm

In the first ten minutes of “Clue,” writer Jonathan Flynn (“My Cousin Vinny”) tells you exactly what kind of movie you’re in for. As Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren, “Victor/Victoria”) and Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd, “Back to the Future”) drive up to the mysterious mansion that serves as the setting for the story, their car stops near the gate. After a dramatic flash of lightning, Miss Scarlet asks, “Why has the car stopped?” “It’s frightened,” whispers Professor Plum.