Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • Octavia Spencer can weather 'Black and White' clouds, shine elsewhere

    Octavia Spencer can weather 'Black and White' clouds, shine elsewhere

    It's a warm day, not yet 24 hours after "Black and White's" afternoon premiere at the city's annual film festival, and one of its stars, Octavia Spencer, emerges from the doorway — a study in black and white, warm and cool. Black stilettos, black jeans, flowy black-and-white top, sleeves like gossamer...

  • 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is a sinful waste of a sequel

    'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is a sinful waste of a sequel

    The greatest sin of "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is the way its high style is brought low — visually stunning but emotionally vapid, unrelentingly violent, its splendiferous comic book cast mostly squandered. It's the very speed at which something so artful in design, so ironic...

  • In 'The Skeleton Twins,' untangling the past to move forward

    In 'The Skeleton Twins,' untangling the past to move forward

    Suicide's ripple effects are the driving force of Craig Johnson's authentic 'Skeleton Twins.' Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader supply eloquent grace as the film's emotionally stunted siblings.

  • 'Love Is Strange' and profound with Lithgow, Molina paired

    'Love Is Strange' and profound with Lithgow, Molina paired

    The strangest thing about "Love Is Strange," with its perfect pairing of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a long-committed couple finally able to legalize their relationship in a lovely New York City garden wedding, is how little it is about gay marriage. The joining together of these men in holy...

  • With 'The One I Love,' a relationship gets trippy

    With 'The One I Love,' a relationship gets trippy

    There is something slightly subversive and satisfyingly spot on when a movie about love and marriage turns on a solitary detail. In "The One I Love," starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as sparring spouses, basically it all comes down to the bacon. Who loves it and who loathes it matters in...

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