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Oscar-nominated shorts are special; Side Effects and Identity Thief, just ordinary

Paperman and Maggie Simpson are among the short films with Academy Award nominations this year.

A Danish Royal Affair, old Stand Up Guys, zombie Warm Bodies and film classics at four mini festivals

An English princess and a German doctor strike up a forbidden romance in Denmark in the Academy Award contender, A Royal Affair.

Fashion maven Diana Vreeland has the most interesting film this week, not Parker or Hansel and Gretel

She promoted the bikini and blue jeans, 60s pop music and style. Diana Vreeland is fêted in a lively new documentary.

Lincoln earns 12 Oscar nominations. Canada’s Rebelle still in the running too.

Lincoln leads the Oscar race, Life of Pi is second. But there are more than a few surprises among the nominations.

The Master, Argo and Lincoln are in my top 10 movies of the year

Philip Seymour Hoffman is The Master and Joaquin Phoenix his newest disciple in my choice for best film of the year. There's also a definite worst movie of 2012.

This is 40, The Guilt Trip and Jack Reacher are just OK: A Late Quartet and Rust and Bone shine

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are worried about aging in This is 40.

The Hobbit rarely thrills; FDR gets playful in Hyde Park on Hudson and more classic animation from Japan’s Studio Ghibli

Before Lord of the Rings, there came The Hobbit. More adventure with some favorite characters.

High praise for the 5-decade film diary 56 UP, women of India in The World Before Her and Japan’s Studio Ghibli animations

Fifty years ago they were children; today they’re facing middle age. The celebrated Up Series has followed more than a dozen ordinary English folks all that time and offers the latest update.

Four stars for Anna Karenina, less for Hitchcock, Killing Them Softly and Back to 1942

Keira Knightley plays literature’s elegant but most suffering-for-love woman, Anna Karenina.

Lincoln’s history lesson,Twilight’s energetic exit and Chasing Ice’s climate change testimony

Two big films for two audiences: the fifth Twilight for young people; Lincoln for the adults.