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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 promising romance blooms in '5 to 7'

    A promising romance blooms in '5 to 7'

    "5 to 7" stars Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe in a falling-in-love fantasy defined by clashing cultures, complex problems and lots of amused expressions. It's springtime New York. Brian (Yelchin) is a struggling writer in his 20s. Arielle (Marlohe) is a former French model, now in her 30s,...

  • 'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

    'Ned Rifle' a high mark in Hal Hartley's bizarre world

    If you're familiar at all with indie filmmaker Hal Hartley's work, you know there's a surreal quality to it. Slightly mannered performances, with a skewed theological and sexual didactic underpin his morality plays. Good and evil, God and the devil in a sense costar. Which might not sound entertaining,...

  • 'While We're Young' illuminates in delightfully grown-up ways

    'While We're Young' illuminates in delightfully grown-up ways

    In Noah Baumbach's tartly incisive "While We're Young," aging past 40 becomes a grand exercise in denial for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), who are determined that marriage and middle age will not slow them down. They hadn't realized they had been growing more settled in their ways,...

  • 'Furious 7' fires fuel-injected fun on all cylinders

    'Furious 7' fires fuel-injected fun on all cylinders

    "Furious 7" is the fuel-injected fusion of all that is and ever has been good in "The Fast and the Furious" saga that began in 2001 with souped-up cars and a stripped-down story about a tightknit East L.A. street racing crew. Though 2006's "Tokyo Drift," the third in the series, will always remain...

  • Quirky 'Home,' with Jim Parsons and Rihanna, keeps it too light

    Quirky 'Home,' with Jim Parsons and Rihanna, keeps it too light

    As a certain Boov, buoyantly voiced by that alien life force Jim Parsons, might say: Best silly ever is to be having in "Home." The new animation 3-D pop from DreamWorks is breezy, sentimental and quirky. That it is also somewhat slight is only a minor bother. It helps that the extraterrestrial...

  • Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

    Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

    Kevin Hart is Hollywood's current favorite comic it guy. He's been playing the best black friend in one film after another: "Think Like a Man" 1 and "Too" opposite Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco; "Ride Along," 1 and soon to be 2 opposite Ice Cube; "The Wedding Ringer"...

  • 'Sound of Music,' 'Pretty Woman' heroines so similar, yet so different

    'Sound of Music,' 'Pretty Woman' heroines so similar, yet so different

    There is a very specific portrait of a lady that has long enthralled Hollywood. A young woman of modest means falls for an older man of wealth. Both the woman and the man are transformed by love, and though it might seem indelicate to mention, the money factors in. A significant improvement in...

  • 'Seymour' is Ethan Hawke's moving look at pianist Bernstein

    'Seymour' is Ethan Hawke's moving look at pianist Bernstein

    Ethan Hawke's documentary on pianist Seymour Bernstein is very much like the sonatas Bernstein plays so beautifully, teaches so insightfully — quietly moving, infinitely deep. With "Seymour: An Introduction," the actor is making his documentary directing debut, and it's a modest but affecting one....

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