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Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) In the interest of consumer reporting, I'll say this: The book isn't better than the movie, and the film isn't better than the book.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
96% Girlhood (2015) Sciamma has a particular gift for spectacular opening scenes.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2015
64% The Foxy Merkins (2014) Merkins sends up both male-hustler movies (Midnight Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho in particular) and the upscale, conservative daughters of Gomorrah with unerring goofiness.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
No Score Yet A Thousand Suns (2013) Mati Diop's lush and elegant A Thousand Suns requires only forty-five minutes to astutely consider weighty matters of history and legacy.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2015
78% Joy of Man's Desiring (2015) Joy of Man's Desiring forgoes obvious didactics and visual cues in favor of letting viewers draw their own conclusions.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
99% Selma (2015) A large part of Selma's success is rooted in Oyelowo's superb, nuanced portrayal of a figure held to be a near deity.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2014
71% If You Don't, I Will (2014) The loose confidence on display throughout much of If You Don't, I Will helps make the material, however frequently (and often enervatingly) mined, seem fresh. Although dour, Fillières's movie is free of cynicism and bad faith, and buoyed by sly wit.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2014
50% Tip Top (2014) This sui generis policier audaciously balances slapstick with a fiercely intelligent probing of the still-knotty legacy of France's colonialist past.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
96% 3 Women (1977) The film is rich in brilliant oddities and juxtapositions, never more so than when Duvall and Spacek are encompassed in the same frame.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) Writer-director Jennifer Kent's domestic-horror movie The Babadook satisfyingly pierces the obscene sanctification of "mommyhood" -- a pathological mandate that seems to have become an irreversible cultural imperative.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2014
95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) As seductive and forebodding as its title -- a simple, declarative sentence that encompasses many mysteries -- Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature reanimates and restores the sexiness of the vampire movie.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2014
57% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) Grounding White Bird in a Blizzard and providing its warmth, however, is Woodley.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
75% Camp X-Ray (2014) Even as Camp X-Ray builds to its preposterous final scene, Stewart and Moaadi remain fascinating to behold.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2014
96% Citizenfour (2014) Laura Poitras's Citizenfour is an electrifying countdown to an epoch-altering event, unfolding in an antiseptic all-white room.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) Fincher's adaptation bears all of the filmmaker's trademark precision, his impeccable ability to conjure dread in the most seemingly benign locales of the Show Me State heightened by the terror-drone composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2014
59% Bird People (2014) Bird People finds new ways to anatomize 21st-century malaise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2014
73% Fedora (1978) This wearying nostalgia for golden-age moviemaking aside, Fedora exposes, through a major plot twist I won't give away, the off-screen pathologies that constitute the nightmares of the dream factory.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2014
No Score Yet T.A.M.I. Show (1964) The T.A.M.I. Show turns fifty this year, though its unsurpassed exuberance, not just onstage but also off it, assures that it will remain forever young.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2014
92% Heaven Adores You (2015) The film is at its best when resurrecting the '90s Portland scene that shaped Smith musically and personally, drawing on intimate, original interviews with Smith's friends and colleagues of the period.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
60% Paris Blues (1961) Despite how square this movie about hepcats seems -- if only from the admittedly unfair vantage point of more than five decades on -- expressions of raw emotion stir Paris Blues to life. ‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
75% The Strange Little Cat (2014) Zürcher's talent for illuminating the specific also extends to his precise arrangement of bodies in rooms and hallways; the various entrances to and exits from the kitchen, for example, reveal a tightly, yet never fussily so, controlled choreography.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
100% Tristana (1970) One of the greatest films from Buñuel's extremely rich late period.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Like off-the-rack clothing, this study of a remarkable talent and relationship follows standard patterns.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2014
100% Town Bloody Hall (2001) The entire debate at Town Hall is defined by a manic, stimulating energy -- the kind that's hard to replicate via Twitter wars.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
84% Violette (2014) The great accomplishment of Violette is its sober presentation of Leduc's frequently intractable nature, unruliness that the film honors without sentimentalizing or solemnizing it.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2014
78% 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2014) The film strongly evokes the spirit and playfulness of the Nouvelle Vague ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) What remains constant is Reichardt's ability to coolly present thorny sociopolitical and moral issues.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) Despite its flaws, this iteration of The Normal Heart also exhorts us to remember.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 29, 2014
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Despite the cadaverous appearance of its lead actor, Dallas Buyers Club wants to be pretty, too, presenting a tidy, uplifting history of the years when unconscionable inaction and prejudice toward those with AIDS were a matter of federal policy.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
95% Her (2013) Phoenix's performance is imbued with such genuine heartsickness that Theodore's musings on why his marriage fell apart ring of piercing, real-life regret, not break-up bromides.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Scorsese's hard-R portrayal of Belfort and company's insatiable appetites -- for money, for whores, for drugs, for stuff -- pierces until it numbs.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) The movie's greatest strength [is] Russell's magnanimity toward his characters, an equable, never cloying embrace of their imperfections.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
91% Nebraska (2013) Nebraska, despite a few pleasures, strikes me as Payne's most cartoonish, one-dimensional work.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
89% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) Equal parts love story and horror show, it honors two unapologetically unassimilable women.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Anderson's film looks good enough to eat; swallowing it is another matter.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
76% Noah (2014) Aronofsky's signature grandiosity is too often at odds with -- and diminished by -- the familial melodrama he has created aboard the vessel.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) Era-specific but never nostalgic, tender but never sentimental, We Are the Best!, like all good films about teenage girls, finely illuminates the emotional extremes of this tumultuous development stage.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) One misty night in northern California (played by SoCal's San Fernando Valley) bleeds into another in Palo Alto, our grasp on these characters just as tenuous in the end as it was in the beginning.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
87% The Immigrant (2014) The beating heart of the movie is Cotillard, whose saucer eyes recall those of imperiled silent-screen legends like Lillian Gish.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted May 21, 2014
97% The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1968) A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane actions to the spectacular ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2014
93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) The writer-director's attention to the anarchic pull of lust, simultaneously celebrated and reproved here, is sharper than ever.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
90% Mauvais Sang (2013) A salute, at once moody and ebullient, to the cinema of the past and the ferocious intensity of youth.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013
No Score Yet Play It as It Lays (1972) If you were to imagine a celluloid ancestor to Mulholland Drive's Diane Selwyn, she'd probably look a lot like Maria Wyeth, the heroine of Frank Perry's acerbic Play It As It Lays‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
36% The Burning Plain (2009) What's that smell? The plain isn't the only thing that's charred in screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut; subtlety goes up in flames too.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2013
74% Concussion (2013) Quickly devolves into a series of unconvincing scenes in service to an outlandish premise.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2013
80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) [Potter] here forgoes her earlier unconventional predilections for a simple, direct narrative.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2013
84% Leviathan (2013) End of days or the beginning of new ways of seeing?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2013
56% Snitch (2013) Its nominal outrage over the severity of our nation's sentencing laws for first-time drug offenders is quickly subsumed by a jacked-up narrative of a father going to extremes to save his son.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) Hough emits all the charisma of a personal assistant ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2013
83% Side Effects (2013) Side Effects points out, but never didactically, just how broken our systems have become, whether medical, governmental, or economic.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2013