Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • Struggling teen faces a rocky road in 'All the Wilderness'
    Struggling teen faces a rocky road in 'All the Wilderness'

    When we meet James Charm in "All the Wilderness," the sullen, isolated, insolent teen played so eloquently by Kodi Smit-McPhee is in an open field, focused on his journal, making notes and sketching a dead bird.

  • In 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,' unhappy and unequal
    In 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,' unhappy and unequal

    Disturbing and shocking, "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" is a fiction about an unimaginable fact of life in present-day Israel. The divorce-centered drama is so provocative it's become a lightning rod for debate inside the country. Even watching from a distance is unnerving.

  • 'Paddington' is stuffed with family fun
    'Paddington' is stuffed with family fun

    If you've resisted the cheery enjoyment of "Paddington," thinking it merely a movie for kids, reconsider. Artful in its look and clever with its tale, it's been carefully constructed by writer-director-conjurer Paul King into an absolute delight. A big screen and dark theater only amp up the...

  • 'The Last Five Years' feels a bit stage-bound
    'The Last Five Years' feels a bit stage-bound

    "The Last Five Years," starring Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan and their powerful pipes, plays like a Broadway musical, because basically it is a musical. A very distinctive Jason Robert Brown musical, albeit the run was off-Broadway. With clever lyrics, contemporary music, and a playful...

  • Oscars 2015: the best movies not up for best picture
    Oscars 2015: the best movies not up for best picture

    When it comes to the Oscar endgame — winning, losing or just being in the running — it's all about the numbers: the votes cast, promotion dollars spent, red carpets walked, interviews granted, pounds lost. ...

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