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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
Asad - (director: Bryan Buckley, South Africa) Set in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, an all Somali refugee cast brings to life this coming of age fable of a Somali boy who is faced with falling into the pirate life, or rising above to choose the path of an honest fishing man. Buzkashi Boys - (director: Sam French, Afghanistan) Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the national sport of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - Buzkashi Boys tells the coming of age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you're primed for the sudden shifts in tone, style, story and look, the payoff is one provocative and evocative film after another."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"In between these bookends are some fascinating and diverse offerings."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"There's a little something for everyone."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Of the three different contests for best short film - documentary, live action and animation - the live action nominees are the strongest category."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"My pick among the live action shorts is Shawn Christensen's "Curfew" (19 minutes), mainly because it has all the conventional elements required of a narrative film, and yet is also really out there."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Although all technically accomplished, this year's batch of live-action shorts is more uneven."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Every film is a balance of style and storytelling, the ideas explored and the medium used to express them."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
"I could see any of the live-action shorts winning the top prize, which is partly a reflection of their quality and partly because none truly stands out."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Typically eclectic and entertaining."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"While there are few genuine knockouts, the 2013 crop is an improvement over last year."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"This year's Live Action lineup honors a group of directors who've had successful careers in advertising, acting, recording, and arts activism."
‑ Leah Churner, Austin Chronicle
"Lives up to its status as an annual Oscar-season treat."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Strong."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
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