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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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  • 5 days ago | Film and TV

    It's been 50 years since Jean-Luc Godard said that all a film needs is a girl and a gun. Bet he wishes he could take that back. In the last half-century, there have been countless movies about babes and bullets. Some were great, many were awful, a...

  • 5 days ago | Film and TV

    Sport is a natural metaphor for war. Two sides in two colors face each other on a field, each with their pride and their physical safety at risk. Their leaders scheme plans of attack, drawing arrows toward the enemy's flank. And backing the teams ...

  • 5 days ago | Film and TV

    Each year, screenwriters kill off enough offscreen children to fill a Chuck E. Cheese's. A dead son or daughter gives a movie the illusion of depth plus an easy explanation for whatever the script ladles on the surviving parents. Binge drinking? N...

  • 5 days ago | Film and TV

    Mortdecai is creeping into theaters with the flushed shame of a debutante who expects to be pelted with tomatoes. It’s a pity. In 1965, Mortdecai would be the hit of the year. Director David Koepp whips through this pop-colored caper about crooked...

  • Daniel Barnz's Cake is less a before-and-after study of tragedy than a vivid -- if monochromatic -- portrait of grief. Divorced lawyer Claire (Jennifer Aniston) is in physical agony from the corpse-white scars swimming up her arms and legs...

  • There are times when sport isn't a metaphor -- it's simply war, a skirmish of ideals. Think of the Soviet Union's rival-crushing Cold War hockey team, which between 1978 and 1992 won three Olympic golds and eight World Championships. "They're a...