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.