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Big talent in Oscar-nominated shorts at the Charles

The cartoons have "it" — and the live-action shorts only some of "it" — in the slate of Oscar-nominated short subjects opening Friday at the Charles.

The best live-action entries are Ivan Goldschmidt's "Na Wewe," a frightening, illuminating depiction of 1994 Burundi, and Luke Matheny's "God of Love," a sweet hipster comedy about a latter-day Cupid. But the live-action slate also includes the awful childhood melodrama "The Confession," as well as "The Crush," an opportunistic comedy that exploits audience qualms about a boy professing love for his teacher and then handling a gun.

Happily, the animated shorts, no matter...

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