Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • Harsh land and raw, maddening emotion test 'The Homesman'
    Harsh land and raw, maddening emotion test 'The Homesman'

    There is a prescient shot that opens "The Homesman," the spare frontier drama starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones. A flat stretch of Nebraska plain, a blanket of blue-gray sky, as if God himself had drawn a straight line between Heaven and Earth.

  • Rehabilitating birds soar in 'Pelican Dreams'
    Rehabilitating birds soar in 'Pelican Dreams'

    Whatever you think you know about pelicans, "Pelican Dreams" will surprise you.

  • In 'Big Hero 6' a huggable robo-hero pops up in the future
    In 'Big Hero 6' a huggable robo-hero pops up in the future

    The new animated action-adventure "Big Hero 6" might sound like more of the same Marvel-inspired superhero stuff already saturating movie theaters with its flashy 3-D animation and futuristic nerd kids doing their world saving in bright plastic-plated armor and spiffy Spanx.

  • Romance proves ageless in 'Elsa & Fred'
    Romance proves ageless in 'Elsa & Fred'

    Sometimes the freshest face on the big screen is 80 and counting. Certainly that's true of "Elsa & Fred's" brightest star, Shirley MacLaine.

  • 'Listen Up Philip' is a toxic triumph
    'Listen Up Philip' is a toxic triumph

    Jason Schwartzman in "Listen Up Philip" plays a frosty, frothy, Faustian Philip Roth-ian narcissist novelist with such an acid tongue you'll wonder if someone has spirited away the usually sweet, self-deprecating actor and stashed him in a trunk somewhere.

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