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.
Jason Segel Had His Book Club Read Infinite Jest Without Telling Them He Was Playing David Foster Wallace7 days ago | Film and TV
Jason Segel didn't tell his book club he'd been cast as novelist David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt's biopic The End of the Tour. "I didn't want to sound like Fancy-Pants McGee," Segel admits over lunch in Los Angeles. (Especially since the 6-...
Mission: Impossible is Tom Cruise's blockbuster plaything, a toy chest he offers to directors who catch his eye. Cruise used it to resurrect Brian De Palma, capitalize on John Woo, transition J.J. Abrams from TV to film, and shift Brad...
11 days ago | Film Reviews
At 53, Tom Cruise is past the retirement age of every James Bond except Roger Moore. Yet his 19-year-old Mission: Impossible series ticks on, counting down the seconds till its next explosion — and Cruise's Ethan Hunt is determined to unman his cr...
13 days ago | Film and TV
Here's a shocker: In Pixels, his latest, Adam Sandler plays a stunted man-child who turns out to be very, very special. That's his ecological niche: the Manic Potbellied Dream Dork, or, if you prefer, the fragile Sand-Man. Sandler films have predi...
Here's a shocker: In Pixels, his latest, Adam Sandler plays a stunted man-child who turns out to be very, very special. That's his ecological niche: the Manic Potbellied Dream Dork, or, if you prefer, the fragile Sand-Man. Sandler films...
14 days ago | Film and TV
The history of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise — and peril — of American progress. In her great new documentary East L.A. Interchange, premiering Saturday at the Downtown Film Festival, filmmaker Betsy Kalin whisks us throug...