Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • Don't put off 'Tomorrow' and Tom Cruise

    Don't put off 'Tomorrow' and Tom Cruise

    Watching the very entertaining sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow," with its "Groundhog Day" rewind-replay conceit applied to a space alien invasion rather than romance, I was reminded of how good Tom Cruise can be in the right role. For an A-list actor with steady work in big-budget projects, Cruise...

  • 'The Purge: Anarchy' ups the ante and the gore

    'The Purge: Anarchy' ups the ante and the gore

    "The Purge: Anarchy" is a good deal bloodier, but also — gulp — a good deal better than its predecessor. Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously.

  • 'I Origins' looks polished, but story is out of focus

    'I Origins' looks polished, but story is out of focus

    In Mike Cahill movies, bad things happen to good people, and other good people are guilt-ridden as a result. But the human connections and the spare sci-fi logic that characterized "Another Earth," Cahill's ethereal romantic dramatic debut, are muddied in his second feature, "I Origins."

  • 'Think Like a Man Too' is way too much of a good thing

    'Think Like a Man Too' is way too much of a good thing

    In 'Think Like a Man Too,' Kevin Hart is exhaustingly on — day and night — as the 2012 original's friends decamp to Vegas for a wedding, with all the requisite, cliched activities.

  • 'Land Ho!' embarks on two men's adventures in Iceland

    'Land Ho!' embarks on two men's adventures in Iceland

    Calling something a feel-good film always feels like a pejorative, so let's just say that after seeing "Land Ho!" you are very likely to feel a good deal better.

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