December 22, 2009 | 6:58
Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey has never been short on opinions, particularly when it comes to movies. A veteran journalist, she has been tracking the creative ebb and flow of entertainment for years, writing for publications as diverse as The New York Times, GQ, US and TV Guide before joining the Times in 1998. In the years since, she has run the newspaper’s TV, film and pop music coverage before turning her full attention to film criticism. She has also collaborated with Oscar winning actress Faye Dunaway (“Network,” “Chinatown”), writing her memoir “Looking for Gatsby” in 1995, and with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”), on her autobiography, “I’ll Scream Later,” in 2008. After earning a Master of Science in Communications Theory from Texas Christian University, she began her career at The Dallas Morning News, and was on team covering the 1982 Braniff Airlines bankruptcy, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer.