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Dark comedy, drama top live-action Oscar shorts

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Two great reasons to see “The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action” — one dark and funny and wickedly existential, the other a nail-biter of a domestic drama, filled with dread. The former stars Martin Freeman, alias Bilbo Baggins. In the British short “The Voorman Problem,” Freeman plays a psychologist dispatched to interview a prisoner who claims he is God. The warden needs certification to put him away. Problem? His fellow inmates have come to ...


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