If you want to write movie reviews for a local newspaper how would you obtain such a job?

My advice would be to write a few reviews yourself, call and make an appointment with the person in charge of that department hopefully you impressed them with your reviews...Good Luck

I would recommend posting some reviews on a site like Movie-Blogger.com or Rotten Tomatoes or another site that allows you to post movie reviews and blogs so you can develop your skills, get your work out there and get feedback from fellow reviewers, this way you will gain experience and have a nice resume of work to show any potential employers. This will also show to them that this is something you love not just something you need to pay the bills.