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Amy Nicholson Lands Karina Longworth Slot at LA Weekly

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 1, 2013 at 4:21PM

Film critic Amy Nicholson, who left her film editor gig during cutbacks at Boxoffice Magazine last year, has signed on as full-time staff film critic at LA Weekly, effectively replacing Karina Longworth, who ankled the paper in 2012 to write books on Meryl Streep and Al Pacino.
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Amy Nicholson
Amy Nicholson

Film critic Amy Nicholson, who left her film editor gig during cutbacks at Boxoffice Magazine last year, has signed on as full-time staff film critic at LA Weekly, effectively replacing Karina Longworth, who ankled the paper in 2012 to write books on Meryl Streep and Al Pacino. 

Nicholson's reviews will be picked up by LA Weekly's parent company Voice Media Group to run in their ten other alternative weeklies. Nicholson will coordinate coverage with Voice Media's New York-based Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, the former critic for Movieline and Salon who replaced Scott Foundas, who left the slimmed down Voice to become lead film critic at Variety.

Nicholson started as an LA Weekly intern, has freelanced for TOH, Movieline, The LA Times, Movies.com and Fandango and was film editor at Inland Empire Weekly. 

“Of all the reviews we read while evaluating job candidates, Amy’s were the ones that sang,” stated VMG’s film editor, Alan Scherstuhl. “It was difficult to predict whether Amy would like a film — but it was impossible not to be captivated by her feisty, smart take. She was absolutely our first choice for this position."

Let the record show that I object to the word feisty, which is only used for one gender. No man has ever been called feisty--or perky for that matter. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.