Amy Nicholson is chief film critic for L.A. Weekly. Her reviews and stories appear in all Voice Media Group publications, and she co-hosts the weekly Voice Film Club podcast. Nicholson holds a double B.A. in film studies and anthropology from the University of Oklahoma as well as a master’s in professional writing from USC. Her criticism has been recognized by the Los Angeles Press Club and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, was recently published by Cahiers du Cinema. Reach her on Twitter at @theamynicholson.
9 hours ago | Film Reviews
The San Andreas Fault stretches 810 miles up the Pacific coast, roughly the length of a dozen Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsons lying end to end. When it rumbles, we'll need all 12 of him to spring into action — although, as Brad Peyton's San Andreas war...
10 hours ago | Film Reviews
Watching people stand around a truck can be riveting Twenty years ago this summer, two dozen Texans put their hands on a truck and wound up starring in one of the best documentaries ever made. S.R. Bindler's Hands on a Hard Body is a small story. ...
17 hours ago | Film and TV
No one recognized Rick Famuyiwa when he strolled up to the Ladera Park basketball courts on a bright weekday afternoon. In January, the lanky, 41-year-old director's new comedy, Dope — a crowd-pleasing high school flick about three nerds who dress...
The San Andreas fault stretches 810 miles up the Pacific coast, roughly the length of a dozen Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsons lying end to end. When it rumbles, we'll need all twelve of him to spring into action -- although, as Brad Peyton's San...
Doom sells, but Brad Bird's defiant Tomorrowland wants us to question what we're buying. It's hard to rally to fix the planet when we've been cowed into hopelessness by an insurmountable number of threats: war, drought, ISIS, famine,...
7 days ago | Film Reviews
In a junk-food summer, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a defiant carrot stick, a blockbuster adventure flick where the message is "Think smart." It's a deliberate phooey to the kiddie carnage of movies such as Transformers and The Avengers, which frig...