Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Amy Nicholson is the host of the Earwolf podcast <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/the-canon/" target="blank"><em>The Canon</em></a> and critic for KPCC's Film Week. Formerly, she was the chief film critic for the MTV News and LA Weekly, editor-in-chief of Boxoffice Magazine and film editor of the IE Weekly. Her other credits include the Los Angeles Times, Movieline, LA CityBeat, and the MTV podcast <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/skillset/id1127962474" target="blank"><em>Skillset</em></a>. She has served on the jury for Sundance and SXSW, and screened submissions for Sundance, AFI, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Amy holds a double B.A. in Film Studies and Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma as well as a Masters in Professional Writing from USC. Her interests include hot dogs, standard poodles and comedies about the utter futility of existence. Her first book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Cruise-Anatomy-Cahiers-Cinema/dp/0714868019" target="blank"><em>Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor</em></a>, was published by Cahiers du Cinema. Reach her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/theamynicholson" target="blank">@theamynicholson</a>.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
68% Sister Aimee (2019) It broke my heart that this movie is kind of a letdown. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
95% Ága (2019) You [get] such a sense of place here. It's a really striking film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) A lovely film about what you do when you've done something that is unforgivable. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
83% Judy (2019) It's a film that is just designed around thing specifically: showcasing Renée Zellweger's incredible performance as Judy Garland. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Deadpan [and] very funny even though you feel uncomfortable laughing. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) This is a hangout movie -- and I like hanging out with these people. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) I found this film really, really striking... I was glad that this wasn't just a hagiography. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) I was much less compelled by this film. I really was. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
88% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) I was shocked by how much I got invested in the world of learning how to use a forklift. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
78% Leto (2019) An incredibly imagined film. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
64% Child's Play (2019) I think they made a lot of good reasons for this [remake] to exist. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
89% The Raft (2019) This documentary is fascinating... It's really worth a watch. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
88% American Woman (2019) I think Sienna Miller is our greatest under-appreciated actress, and I think this movie is another tribute to that. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The angriest movie I've seen all year. This is Jim Jarmusch putting a very strong environmentalist stance in the middle of a zombie movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) This is just a good, quality, second base summer blockbuster.. Very big, bold, and funny. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
41% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) If I was in high school, I would have been super happy to discover this film in the video store library. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
50% A Dog's Journey (2019) What if dogs really aren't this annoying when we get to hear inside their head? What if they're actually very smart or lovely? - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
72% Instant Dreams (2019) Self-indulgent, but beautiful. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) I am found myself fairly taken in with this just as a [straightforward], good, sensible drama. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) This is a feat of engineering... I felt a sense of catharsis finishing it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
39% The Dirt (2019) It's very regressive in its politics. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
91% Legend Of The Demon Cat (Kûkai) (2019) This is a movie that just has a ton of imagination... It's an absolute spectacle. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
93% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) I wanted to connect with it, but I am the monster who could not get into the four-hour tragic movie. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
91% Tigerland (2019) It's really lovely. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Dirty, angry, and it feels like it wants to pick a fight with you. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) The film has a big heart sometimes for the victims, and yet the deaths are so sadistic and so brutal... It didn't have the empathy that I thought it should have. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
93% Us (2019) I love the performances, but I'm just not super sold on the script, to be honest... I'm really ready for [Jordan Peele] to be his own voice now. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) [I thought] this film just had a really distinctive personality and really beautiful cinematography. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) This film is basically just ridiculous nonsense. I had a ton of fun. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The big studio rom-com is back! - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
A 100% Rocks (2019) The movie's optimism comes from the way it was put together, as an after-school collective between filmmakers, volunteers and girls like Bakray, who met screenwriter Theresa Ikoko years before cameras began to roll. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 100% Simple Women (2019) A dizzying story about ambition and artistic competition - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
A 86% The Vast of Night (2019) Patterson trusts that chemistry will compensate for a gentle thriller that chooses to impress with ingenuity and charm instead of special effects. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A film that just grows and grows and grows. It seems very quiet, but you are absolutely hooked. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
37% State Like Sleep (2019) This all unfolds so slowly that by the time it gets momentum... You're surprised that the plot suddenly has momentum. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92% The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) A really interesting "daily life" type of film where, over the course of it, you see Oleg and his friends shaped by internal stress. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
86% The Vanishing (2019) A nice little thriller to warm you up on the weekend. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
50% Escape Room (2019) The production design on this film is fantastic... I was dazzled from scene to scene. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
45% Second Act (2018) I loved the first half of this and thought that the second half got completely insane in a way I did not appreciate. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) I didn't find it creepy -- maybe I'm just creepy! - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) It sounds like a rote rote cop [movie], but the way that Karyn Kusama puts a spin on it: [Destroyer] is really about a woman who cannot deal with her own mistakes... I thought that this film had a real heaviness to it. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Incredibly sexy. It's nice to see a movie that's actually about passion. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) The dumb parts of the movie are the best parts of the movie. I wish it had leaned into being more dumb. - FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
A- 71% Radioactive (2019) Satrapi collapses a century of innovation and destruction from the discovery of chemotherapy to Chernobyl into a flat timeline that Curie can see right through as though looking at an x-ray. In those moments of stylistic imagination, the film glows. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 80% Military Wives (2019) If you've seen even one based-on-a-true-story British misfit hobbyists movie, you already know the tune. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B No Score Yet Ready for War (2019) The doc's most controversial subject is El Vet, a masked veteran who stalks the film with a gun and his own hidden camera, which he uses to record his for-hire assassinations. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B No Score Yet Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) "Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator" is more than an indictment of a man. Orner cross-examines the community that protected a bully for four decades, ever since Bikram pranced before TV cameras flexing his pecs for a cheering audience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 100% Ordinary Love (2019) Very little happens on the surface of Owen McCafferty's script, as everything life or death is taking place inside Manville. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 81% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) Gaztelu-Urrutia's allegory is clear. What he's after, though, isn't as simple as eat the rich. He's curious about how the poor devour each other. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 83% How to Build a Girl (2019) It's a young person's jam that will hit the right teen like a thunderbolt. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019