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.
18 hours ago | Film and TV
We're always thankful for the movies, but never more so than during the holidays when a trip to the theater can give your family a break from each other, even though you're sitting side by side in the dark. But there's a catch: You have agree on w...
20 hours ago | Film and TV
The heads of the City Dionysia, the Grecian playwriting competition that pitted Aeschylus against Sophocles and can be considered the original Oscars, had a rule: no original characters. Instead, the best creative minds of a generation — or really...
Ryan Coogler's Creed wants all of the Rocky drama but invests in none of the smarts. It's set in Philadelphia, the Mount Olympus of movie boxing, where Adonis "Hollywood" Johnson, illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, pilgrimages to...
The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper's portrait of Jazz Age painters Gerda Wegener and her spouse, Einar, who butterflied into Lili Elbe via the first sexual-assignment surgery, is about gender and it isn't. Like its subject, it's fatally resolved...
6 days ago | First Look
On a weekend night at the two-month-old Gardner Junction in West Hollywood, young industry types buzzed around the steampunk-inspired bar talking loudly while, one imagines, silently wondering if they'd talked enough about work to justify putting ...
7 days ago | Film and TV
With the spectacular The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the best in the series, Jennifer Lawrence closes out the franchise that made her the biggest star of her generation. Since The Hunger Games started, in 2012, she's starred in four of them...