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Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson is chief film critic for L.A. Weekly. Her reviews and stories appear in all eleven 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.

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  • 1 day ago | Film Reviews

    Get Hard, Etan Cohen's comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a 10-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a spoon that's almost but not yet sharpened into a shiv. With just a little more effort, it could kill. Judg...

  • 1 day ago | Film and TV

    Noah Baumbach has always had a dash of hypochondria, but in the last few years, his doctor's visits have changed. "If you're a worrier like I am, or Ben," he says, referring to Ben Stiller, the star of his 2010 movie Greenberg, "you're used to goi...

  • When writer-director Dave Boyle was nineteen, he spent two years as a Mormon missionary in Australia. He mainly hung out with Japanese surf bums, picking up enough of the language that when he returned to the States, he cast himself as a...

  • Get Hard, Etan Cohen's comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a ten-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a spoon that's almost-but-not-yet sharpened into a shiv. With just a little more effort, it could...

  • 8 days ago | Film Reviews

    We're two films in to the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it's still unclear if the sequel's director, three screenwriters, eight producers and especially original novelist Veronica Roth have bothered to double-check a dictionary. Diverge...

  • 8 days ago | Film Reviews

    Some years ago, I went to see Tom Jones perform. He sang all the hits, but I was unnerved by his new, walnut-brown goatee. It looked freshly trimmed and fake, as if he'd ripped it off Evil Spock backstage. Superstars aren't allowed to change. Even...