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Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' February 23-26

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Pixar's 'Lou' is one of this year's Oscar nominees for best animated short film.

The Oscars are just over a week away, and your attention span may be a little brief after all the hype. Fortunately, Up To Date's Film Critics have short films at the top of their lists of movies not to miss. Feel like staying in this weekend? TV Guide has put together a list of streaming options for this year's Academy Award nominees.

Cynthia Haines

2018 Oscar-nominated short films: Animated

2018 Oscar-nominated short films: Live action

2018 Oscar-nominated documentaries: Short subject

Steve Walker

"The Lodgers," R

  • In an Irish town after World War I, a haunted house holds orphaned twins hostage by virtue of a childlike but threatening nursery rhyme. .

"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," R

  • Annette Bening shines as the charmingly complicated Gloria Grahame, the 1950s film star whose deteriorating health and dwindling career lead her to reconnect with her much younger ex-boyfriend, played by Jamie Bell, and his family.

2018 Oscar-nominated documentaries: Short subject

  • This year's slate of Oscar nominated short documentaries salute several courageous women, including a mentally ill artist, a teacher who was inappropriately mistreated by her local police, and a firefighter, a minister and a judge fighting their West Virginia city's opioid epidemic.
Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens.