Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • Riding the circle of life in absorbing 'Clouds of Sils Maria'
    Riding the circle of life in absorbing 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

    It is best to just let yourself get lost in the "Clouds of Sils Maria" for a little while. Beautiful as they build then snake through the Engadin Valley in the Swiss Alps, they become maddening as they cloak the emotions and ambitions of a middle-aged actress and a rising young star.

  • 'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world
    'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

    If you're familiar at all with indie filmmaker Hal Hartley's work, you know there's a surreal quality to it. Slightly mannered performances, with a skewed theological and sexual didactic underpin his morality plays. Good and evil, God and the devil in a sense costar.

  • A promising romance blooms in '5 to 7'
    A promising romance blooms in '5 to 7'

    "5 to 7" stars Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe in a falling-in-love fantasy defined by clashing cultures, complex problems and lots of amused expressions.

  • 'While We're Young' illuminates in delightfully grown-up ways
    'While We're Young' illuminates in delightfully grown-up ways

    In Noah Baumbach's tartly incisive "While We're Young," aging past 40 becomes a grand exercise in denial for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), who are determined that marriage and middle age will not slow them down. They hadn't realized they had been growing more settled in their ways,...

  • 'Furious 7' fires fuel-injected fun on all cylinders
    'Furious 7' fires fuel-injected fun on all cylinders

    "Furious 7" is the fuel-injected fusion of all that is and ever has been good in "The Fast and the Furious" saga that began in 2001 with souped-up cars and a stripped-down story about a tightknit East L.A. street racing crew.

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