Three of the eight shorts are very good, two are decent.
One features Tri-City actors and a production company connection. It — like three others — is a head-scratcher. All, however, are very well done. Most striking about the eight shorts is the minimal dialogue. The creators of the films focus more on effects, style and shock value than story.
Alley Dog kicks off the eight-film festival. The animation is excellent, but flying robots being chased by a robot dog doesn’t have anywhere to go.
Sudden Death is my favorite. Catchy music and hilarious lyrics and a great cameo by former TV star John Larroquette highlight this end-of-the-world story. A scientist -- jilted by his girlfriend -- invents a substance that gives you the euphoric feeling of being in love without having to actually be in love.
One problem. It morphs into a disease that causes you to break into song. A couple of notes and you die. This one is a blast.
Doctor Glamour has wonderful and very creative production values, but the eventual twist, while a surprise, isn’t all that surprising or clever.
Ghost of Old Highway is a beautifully shot film set it what looks like the Civil War. A man is being chased by himself. The unsatisfactory mystery is why. It’s pretty pointless but well-done pointless.
Bone Theory is the only film in the series with a Tri-Cities connection. Some of the actors are from the area and the production credits credit the Tri-Cities production firm Imageworks and Columbia Basin College.
The concept has a time twist. A scientist discovers a dinosaur skeleton, and it appears the dino was shot with a bullet. How is that possible? Fortunately, the answer takes less than five minutes.
Zero is a creative, but cliche, animated piece about the idiocy of discrimination. It’s a bit long at 12 minutes, but the stop-motion animation and the yarn ball, odd ball characters are very original.
Now that You’re Dead is a comic short with a supernatural slant. It’s well-done, creative and one of the better films of the evening.
Frankie is a short about a watchmaker and inventor who stumbles on a way to control time. This one is saved in the nick of time by a great ending.
Mr. Movie rating: the films average 3 1/2 stars
All are rated PG-13. They are playing one day only -- Saturday, April 21, at the Battelle Auditorium at 7 p.m.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.