Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey, Film Critic

  • Chris Pratt enters a new galaxy with his winning brand of acting

    Chris Pratt enters a new galaxy with his winning brand of acting

    You may not remember it, but there is actually a light moment in Kathryn Bigelow's political thriller "Zero Dark Thirty." It comes as a Navy SEAL team heads for the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden is thought to be hiding.

  • 'Begin Again' mends any broken heart in sight

    'Begin Again' mends any broken heart in sight

    There are many reasons why "Begin Again" continues to have such great staying power against the big guns this summer. Expanding its run in L.A. this weekend, the story is a catchy one, the music is great, and it is flavored by real musicians, including Mos Def, CeeLo Green and a star turn by Maroon...

  • Director Aaron Fernandez makes 'The Empty Hours' worth the time

    Director Aaron Fernandez makes 'The Empty Hours' worth the time

    "The Empty Hours," Aaron Fernandez's balmy, blissful new film, is about an impressionable 17-year-old Sebastian, a mid-30s Miranda and an aging rent-by-the-hour beach motel nestled on a spare stretch of Veracruz, Mexico, coastline where their paths briefly cross.

  • '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.

  • 'Third Person' at the mercy of a mix of emotions, stories

    "Third Person," the latest interlocking puzzle from Paul Haggis, is about love. But it's not a soft and fuzzy sort of love. As Leona Lewis put it in the pop hit a few years ago, it's the "you cut me open and I keep bleeding, keep keep bleeding" sort. Haggis uses a double-edged sword — and a relatively...

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