Matthew Lickona

Matthew Lickona

As an undergraduate at Thomas Aquinas College near Ojai, California, Matthew Lickona co-founded and ran The Hype, a college lit-mag printed on the school's copier and sold at a dollar a copy to pay off speeding tickets acquired while trying to make movie times in Los Angeles. This may or may not have helped him to land a job at the Reader upon graduation in 1995, but the paper did reprint some of his collegiate Easter Island-based cartoons, and later, his Mudflap Girls series. He has been at the paper ever since, in a variety of capacities: feature writer, wine columnist, church reviewer, restaurant critic, television columnist, editor at large, and now, film critic. Plus some other stuff under various pseudonyms.

He is the author of a couple of books (Swimming with Scapulars, Surfing with Mel), and his essays have appeared in places like The Awl, FirstThings.com, and Doublethink. In his spare time, he likes to write movie pitches and country songs.

Articles by Matthew Lickona

Bad Times at the El Royale is good

Director Drew Goddard is clearly a man who views his setting as a character

In 2012, writer-director Drew Goddard took a bunch of teens to a Cabin in the Woods for a rollicking nightmare subversion of the horror genre. Here, he takes a bunch of strangers — Jeff Bridges’ ...

A festa amid the fury

“O beautiful virgin of the rosary, who intercedes for us during the storm...”

“Julian had a polite but implacable contempt for Judeo-Christian tradition in virtually all its forms. He would deny this if confronted, citing evasively his affection for Dante and Giotto, but anything overtly religious filled him ...

Marsden’s military movie

“We decided the best thing we could do is tell stories”

“A few years ago,” said KPBS general manager Tom Karlo to the 25 or so people gathered in the plush quiet of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater at the San Diego Museum of Photographic ...

As fall comes in, the stars come out

Three three-star new movie releases this week, including Golden Job and I Am Not a Witch

I Am Not a Witch: craft and care

A remarkably assured debut, one that knows its strengths and plays to them

I Am Not a Witch: craft and care

His and Hers memory quilts

“It gives you nice memories and something to snuggle under — or in Izzy’s case, sleep on.”

His and Hers memory quilts

Pick of the Litter is the pick of the litter

Plus other new movie releases, including The Predator and The Apparition

This seems to be shaping up as the Year of the Dog in cinema, what with Alpha, AXL, Dog Days, and now the delightful documentary Pick of the Litter. After that, you may end up ...

Dingle detour

“We’re not tourists, we’re travelers”

Dingle detour

Kenny Bania buys a slice

Scorched pesto is not something worth paying to endure

Kenny Bania buys a slice

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