Betsy Sharkey

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Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey is an award-winning entertainment journalist and bestselling author. In addition to her critical essays and reviews of about 200 films a year for The Times, Sharkey’s weekly movie reviews appear in newspapers nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the Society for Professional Journalists and Cinema for Peace’s international jury. Her books include collaborations with Oscar-winning actresses Faye Dunaway on “Looking for Gatsby” and Marlee Matlin on “I'll Scream Later.” Sharkey, who holds a degree in journalism and a master’s in communications theory from Texas Christian University, began her career in Texas but now calls California home.

Recent Articles

  • Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' feels too paint-by-numbers
    Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' feels too paint-by-numbers

    Whether leaving his mark with the bizarre yet sweet sentimentality of "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice," the brilliant Oscar-nominated stop-motion animation of "Frankenweenie" and "Corpse Bride," or the brashness of his "Batman" reboots, Tim Burton has always been one of film's boldest...

  • 'The Interview' in theaters: A cause or just a movie?
    'The Interview' in theaters: A cause or just a movie?

    It is doubtful that moviegoers who make their way to theaters showing “The Interview”  on Christmas Day — in Southern California at select Regency Theaters and the Los Feliz 3 as of this writing — are going to check out the comedy. The cause celebre of the R-rated...

  • Absurd, this fuss over Three Stooges-like 'The Interview'
    Absurd, this fuss over Three Stooges-like 'The Interview'

    We live in a time when even frivolous pop-culture touchstones are blown out of proportion, from Grumpy Cat’s pout to Kim Kardashian's booty. But not in a million years did I imagine the R-rated lunacy of “The Interview” would become the flashpoint for a viral war on free...

  • Daring films lifted the artform in 2014
    Daring films lifted the artform in 2014

    Like voices crying in the wilderness — rising above that vast wasteland of movie mediocrity — came the roar of the auteurs in 2014. A rangy group with varying aesthetics, they've left an indelible imprint on cinema despite the 400 or so of the marginal that clogged our theaters...

  • Betsy Sharkey's best films of 2014
    Betsy Sharkey's best films of 2014

    The imprint of the auteur not only shaped the year, it very much influences each of my top 10 (or so) choices.

  • An 'Annie' without the expected sunshine, spirit or energy
    An 'Annie' without the expected sunshine, spirit or energy

    Hard to believe the sun will come out tomorrow for the new "Annie."

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