Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • 'Monk With a Camera,' though devoted, is blurry at its center
    'Monk With a Camera,' though devoted, is blurry at its center

    As a documentary, "Monk With a Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland" is as unassuming as its subject. It seems to demand nothing as it goes about sketching out Vreeland's unusual religious and creative quest.

  • Golden Globes 2015: 'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest' directors walk alone
    Golden Globes 2015: 'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest' directors walk alone

    The Golden Globe Awards' five nominations for "Boyhood" and four for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" will be analyzed many ways in a season that has seen little clarity beyond the emerging dominance of "Birdman." I call it the Texas Effect. Or to put it in modern terms, #TheTexasEffect.

  • In 'Miss Julie,' Liv Ullmann is too faithful to Strindberg play
    In 'Miss Julie,' Liv Ullmann is too faithful to Strindberg play

    The comely mistress of the manor is hot and bothered, the homely cook is cool and collected, and the dashing valet is desired by both. In "Miss Julie," an Irish period piece of class divides, sexual politics and power games, things will end badly, one suspects, though the denouement still...

  • 'Wild' takes Reese Witherspoon into raw, bracing new territory
    'Wild' takes Reese Witherspoon into raw, bracing new territory

    "Wild" opens high atop the Pacific Crest Trail, where at first all the eye can see is the sweeping beauty of a rugged land, unmarred and untamed. The scene is breathtaking, serene, until it is broken by pain and pierced by a scream.

  • 'Inherent Vice' a trippy beach noir set in '70s L.A.
    'Inherent Vice' a trippy beach noir set in '70s L.A.

    "Inherent Vice," Paul Thomas Anderson's trippy, trenchant satire, is very much a creature of Thomas Pynchon's biting deconstruction of the final daze of peace, love and understanding that gives the film its inspiration and its name.

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