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.

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  • 'Far from the Madding Crowd' a bare-bones stab at love, desire

    'Far from the Madding Crowd' a bare-bones stab at love, desire

    Why is the allure of the bad boy so powerful that even some of the most secure of females can't seem to resist? Apparently, it has ever been, as we see in the film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's prescient novel "Far from the Madding Crowd." Set in backcountry Britain circa 1870, the Victorian realist...

  • '24 Days' a harrowing, fact-based kidnap drama

    '24 Days' a harrowing, fact-based kidnap drama

    With the growing focus on hate crimes, consider checking out the reality-based drama "24 Days," which details a French family's agony when their son is kidnapped, days pass and hope dies. French director Alexandre Arcady brings a gritty, bare-bones approach to the story of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old...

  • '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...

  • '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...

  • 'The Age of Adaline' a stylish affair of the heart and chance

    'The Age of Adaline' a stylish affair of the heart and chance

    "The Age of Adaline," starring a grown-up "Gossip Girl" Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman, one of "Game of Thrones'" resident heartthrobs, is a sweeping romance beautifully wrapped in classy couture and slightly suspect in the way it uses metaphysics to manipulate matters of the heart. Not "An Affair...

  • '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...

  • 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...

  • 'The Longest Ride' looks pretty, but looks aren't everything

    'The Longest Ride' looks pretty, but looks aren't everything

    Even with all “The Longest Ride’s” shots of the eye candy that is Scott Eastwood, Nicholas Sparks’ latest romance to make its tissue-sodden way to the big screen is a wash. A long one. Montages of walks along the ocean, horseback rides through verdant meadows and Eastwood’s ever-present abs do...

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