BETSY SHARKEY

In 'Magic in the Moonlight,' Allen reprises favorite themes

In "Magic in the Moonlight," an amusing trifle and sugary truffle of a film, Woody Allen dallies with some of his favorite themes - true romance, magicians and spirituality - and favorite tropes - beautiful women and scenery. Read more

Review: 'Mud' is a triumph for McConaughey, Nichols

“Do you love her?”

Wistful and hoping for a yes, the rough-hewn Arkansas boy who asks that question can’t quite hold the gaze of the... Read more

'Impossible' has the right touch with real horror

So terrifying is the 2004 tsunami as imagined in "The Impossible," its destructive force engulfing the screen with such violent menace, that the imagery alone elicits a rising dread so intense you may feel yourself gasping for breath. Read more

'Sessions' puts sexual healing front and center

The shocker about "The Sessions," starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes, is not the full-frontal nudity, or its provocative story of a sex surrogate who helps a 38-year-old in an iron lung lose his virginity. Read more

Wes Anderson finds near perfect balance in 'Moonrise Kingdom'

It seems fitting that "Moonrise Kingdom,"arguably Wes Anderson's most grown-up film yet, is a warm and funny fable about kids on the cusp. Read more

'Descendants' Clooney is powerfully effective as a man forced to reassess

There is a telling moment within the intimate family drama of "The Descendants" that has George Clooney running as if his life depended on it. Read more

Indie edge lacking in 'Dawn'

LOS ANGELES - It breaks my heart to tell you that "Breaking Dawn" is broken. Read more

'Debt' a riveting spy thriller

Bristling with dangers both corporeal and cerebral, "The Debt" is a superbly crafted espionage thriller packed with Israeli-Nazi score settling. Read more

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