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Betsy Sharkey

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Former Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey is an award-winning entertainment journalist and bestselling author. She left the newsroom in 2015. In addition to her critical essays and reviews of about 200 films a year for The Times, Sharkey’s weekly movie reviews appeared in newspapers nationally and internationally. Her books include collaborations with Oscar-winning actresses Faye Dunaway on “Looking for Gatsby” and Marlee Matlin on “I'll Scream Later.” Sharkey holds a degree in journalism and a master’s in communications theory from Texas Christian University.

Recent Articles

  • 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' has a definite bite

    'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' has a definite bite

    A vampire is such a handy creature for filmmakers in search of a metaphor or two. Mortality is usually the first bite, and Ana Lily Amirpour's stunning first feature, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," definitely takes a stab at that. But it is the way in which the writer-director uses the specter...

  • 'National Gallery' a portrait of humanity on canvas and on-screen

    'National Gallery' a portrait of humanity on canvas and on-screen

    It is such a gift that Frederick Wiseman, who is edging toward 85, continues to let his curiosity and his craft fill his days and our theaters. In his new film, "National Gallery," the legendary documentarian takes on London's famed museum in the same way he's dissected other institutions, as if...

  • 'Invisible Front' reveals same fight for freedom 70 years ago

    'Invisible Front' reveals same fight for freedom 70 years ago

    It's impossible not to think of the current conflict in Ukraine watching "The Invisible Front," an absorbing new documentary that delves into the Lithuanian resistance against Soviet aggression and occupation circa 1944. The film's name is drawn from Soviet intelligence files; it is how the guerrilla...

  • Mike Nichols' incisive, touching films got personal

    Mike Nichols' incisive, touching films got personal

    When I watch the films of Mike Nichols, I see my children, my parents, family, friends, foes, life in all of its complexity. I see me. "The Graduate," "Heartburn," "Catch-22," "Silkwood" ... those are some of my favorite Nichols films. But what stays with me is not any one movie. Nor his influential...

  • Harsh land and raw, maddening emotion test 'The Homesman'

    Harsh land and raw, maddening emotion test 'The Homesman'

    There is a prescient shot that opens "The Homesman," the spare frontier drama starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones. A flat stretch of Nebraska plain, a blanket of blue-gray sky, as if God himself had drawn a straight line between Heaven and Earth. It is haunting, that endless empty expanse....

  • 'Dumb and Dumber To' just a chip off the older blockheads

    'Dumb and Dumber To' just a chip off the older blockheads

    Two hours is a whole lot of dumb. So in that respect "Dumb and Dumber To," starring the off-the-chain, goofballing Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, delivers on its promise. The sequel's definitely been dumbed down, which is not really an issue. If you buy a ticket to a movie called "Dumb and Dumber...

  • Aero Theatre presenting film tribute to Ralph Fiennes' acting

    Aero Theatre presenting film tribute to Ralph Fiennes' acting

    If you haven't made it yet to American Cinematheque's fine Fiennes film retrospective, consider Thursday's concluding double feature at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Starting at 7:30 will be "The English Patient" followed by "Quiz Show," two films that showcase Ralph Fiennes substantial range....

  • In 'Big Hero 6' a huggable robo-hero pops up in the future

    In 'Big Hero 6' a huggable robo-hero pops up in the future

    The new animated action-adventure "Big Hero 6" might sound like more of the same Marvel-inspired superhero stuff already saturating movie theaters with its flashy 3-D animation and futuristic nerd kids doing their world saving in bright plastic-plated armor and spiffy Spanx. Which it might have...

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