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Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • Riding the circle of life in absorbing 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

    Riding the circle of life in absorbing 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

    It is best to just let yourself get lost in the "Clouds of Sils Maria" for a little while. Beautiful as they build then snake through the Engadin Valley in the Swiss Alps, they become maddening as they cloak the emotions and ambitions of a middle-aged actress and a rising young star.

  • 'While We're Young' illuminates in delightfully grown-up ways

    'While We're Young' illuminates in delightfully grown-up ways

    In Noah Baumbach's tartly incisive "While We're Young," aging past 40 becomes a grand exercise in denial for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), who are determined that marriage and middle age will not slow them down. They hadn't realized they had been growing more settled in their ways,...

  • 'Furious 7' fires fuel-injected fun on all cylinders

    'Furious 7' fires fuel-injected fun on all cylinders

    "Furious 7" is the fuel-injected fusion of all that is and ever has been good in "The Fast and the Furious" saga that began in 2001 with souped-up cars and a stripped-down story about a tightknit East L.A. street racing crew.

  • Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

    Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

    Kevin Hart is Hollywood's current favorite comic it guy. He's been playing the best black friend in one film after another: "Think Like a Man" 1 and "Too" opposite Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco; "Ride Along," 1 and soon to be 2 opposite Ice Cube; "The Wedding Ringer"...

  • 'Sound of Music,' 'Pretty Woman' heroines so similar, yet so different

    'Sound of Music,' 'Pretty Woman' heroines so similar, yet so different

    There is a very specific portrait of a lady that has long enthralled Hollywood. A young woman of modest means falls for an older man of wealth. Both the woman and the man are transformed by love, and though it might seem indelicate to mention, the money factors in. A significant improvement in...

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