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

  • 'Boyhood' a startling, intimate portrait of a child growing up
    'Boyhood' a startling, intimate portrait of a child growing up

    There is a telling scene deep inside "Boyhood" that gets at the essential core of the emotional appeal of Richard Linklater's startling new film. It takes place in a rural church with a pastor sermonizing about doubting Thomas and faith and those who believe without seeing.

  • 'Whitey' documentary indicts more than just James J. Bulger
    'Whitey' documentary indicts more than just James J. Bulger

    The bad guy in "Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger" is ostensibly Bulger. But Joe Berlinger's densely detailed new documentary about the legendary Boston mobster is disturbing on so many levels it's hard not to wonder why Bulger was the only one on trial.

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