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Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • 'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side

    'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side

    "Adult Beginners," starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale, is the kind of comedy that goes down easy even as it looks at the hard stuff. In this case, director Ross Katz is concerned with life's stress fractures and the difficulties of dealing with grown-up siblings who haven't exactly...

  • '24 Days' a gripping, anguished account of a kidnapping

    '24 Days' a gripping, anguished account of a kidnapping

    Knowing the outcome behind the true-life tragedy "24 Days" doesn't diffuse the horror, the tension or the sadness of watching one family's drama unfold day after agonizing day when a son is kidnapped and hope dies. French director Alexandre Arcady, who wrote the screenplay with Emilie Freche and...

  • 'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

    'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

    If you're familiar at all with indie filmmaker Hal Hartley's work, you know there's a surreal quality to it. Slightly mannered performances, with a skewed theological and sexual didactic underpin his morality plays. Good and evil, God and the devil in a sense costar. Which might not sound entertaining,...

  • A promising romance blooms in '5 to 7'

    A promising romance blooms in '5 to 7'

    "5 to 7" stars Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe in a falling-in-love fantasy defined by clashing cultures, complex problems and lots of amused expressions. It's springtime New York. Brian (Yelchin) is a struggling writer in his 20s. Arielle (Marlohe) is a former French model, now in her 30s,...

  • 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' looks tasty, but summer's movie buffet is overflowing

    'Avengers: Age of Ultron' looks tasty, but summer's movie buffet is overflowing

    The movie site Fandango recently checked in with its massive audience base to see what the summer's most anticipated film might be. It probably won't be a surprise that the winner was "Avengers: Age of Ultron," coming to thousands of theaters in just a few days. Marvel's super-sized sequel to its...

  • 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. In this richly...

  • '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. Though 2006's "Tokyo Drift," the third in the series, will always remain...

  • 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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