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Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Languor, lust; yearning, yielding: Call Me by Your Name-a sexy, melancholy summer idyll directed by the supreme cine-sybarite Luca Guadagnino-lushly shows how desire is deftly articulated, even when not explicitly labeled or spoken.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) In the end, for all its pleasures, it's difficult to view Blade Runner 2049 as anything but an elaborate echo of the original, neither true sequel nor reboot, unclear of its own identity.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
100% Lady Bird (2017) [Lady Bird] is a shrewd, warm, witty coming-of-age movie.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) However specific its time frame and focus, BPM is not a narrow nostalgia piece, nor will it ever be as long as people are still dying, still being vilified. ‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The story of a remarkable woman and her remarkable accomplishments suffers, as too many LGBTQ-themed twenty-first-century docudramas do, from an accretion of it-gets-better telegraphing.‐ 4Columns
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) As we watch Haenel ... stride through these overdetermined scenes, clutching a medical bag to her side, we are reminded that even the most timeworn of conventions can be made electric and alive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
88% Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981) Taxi zum Klo treats sex seriously without sacralizing it; throughout the film, Ripploh reveals a wry intelligence about the eternal dilemma of monogamy versus promiscuity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
93% Prick Up Your Ears (1987) As a portrait of a relationship and a creative partnership, Prick is ever alert to the shifts in power, to the narcissistic wounds that can never be salved when a teacher is surpassed by his pupil.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
82% Patti Cake$ (2017) As predictable as the ticking of an egg timer, as generic and tinny as the pulses of a drum machine.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
85% Nocturama (2017) The film mesmerizes and alienates equally.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
88% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) A pleasingly discursive road movie for our geosocial age, writer-director Jérôme Reybaud's debut narrative feature navigates la France profonde with the help of Grindr.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
No Score Yet Le Gai Savoir (Joy of Learning) (Joyful Wisdom) (1969) Profuse and dizzying with discourse, abstruse analysis, and word association, Le Gai Savoir posits that all communication is suspect, that the spoken word is "the enemy."‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Simultaneously byzantine and dumb ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
89% Girls Trip (2017) Pops with next-level ribaldry and smack talk, especially in its first half. But in the remaining hour, the laughs arrive less often as the gender politics grow weirder.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
86% That Most Important Thing: Love (L'important c'est d'aimer) (1975) At once electrifying and eviscerating.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
19% False Confessions (Les fausses confidences) (2017) Despite the diurnal setting, several scenes are distractingly overlit, the actors enhaloed by a honey glaze.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) I found it difficult to continue suspending my disbelief.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) The Beguiled '71 gluts; Coppola's film tamps down and reduces.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) [A] dynamic, oddly joyful movie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
100% Monterey Pop (1968) The effect is one of estranging intimacy, bringing us impossibly near to these sublime beings onstage and yet somehow ensuring that they remain forever mysterious, magical, and untouchable.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
86% Moka (2017) Tense moments arise not from any plot machinations but from the anticipation of the next exquisitely calibrated response by Emmanuelle Devos, the film's star, who appears in every scene.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) A film often smartly attuned to language, Beatriz at Dinner - a sober comedy about class clash and soft-to-hard racism directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White - operates in several different idioms.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Marlene (1984) A shrewd summa of stardom and late-life legend-burnishing, wearily but no less admiringly acknowledging its irascible subject's perverse genius‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Any hopes that Wonder Woman will sustain its appealing misandry are soon dashed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
37% Snatched (2017) Snatched is Hawn's first movie since 2002's The Banger Sisters. Her half-committed performance here, however understandable, suggests she may have regretted the decision to end her semi-retirement.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
97% Burden (2017) Burden's change of medium ... goes underexplored. The man himself, though, is excellent company ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
83% The Lovers (2017) Jacobs lets casually observed details and offhand humor advance the story. There are no grand pronouncements in The Lovers, which smartly communicates its ideas about relationships during its long stretches of silence.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
92% Obit (2017) Obit rarely strays from the anodyne tone of the advertorial.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
66% Free Fire (2017) It suggests that Wheatley may now only be interested in staging orgies of violence rather than thinking about the psychological writhing that leads to them.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Davies honors his subject by remaining true to this observation from the poet herself: "To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations."‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) Engaging ideas bubble up every so often in Colossal, a film that carries out magical thinking to its extreme. But the audacity of its conceit is inexorably tamed, becoming an all-too-familiar lesson on saying no.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
95% Karl Marx City (2017) The frequent structural misjudgments are frustrating because they distract from engaging lines of inquiry.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
48% Wilson (2017) The latest iteration of the redeemed-curmudgeon comedy ... whose dull-witted misanthropy, fatiguing from first minute to last, will, for some viewers, further confirm their misandry.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
90% Frantz (2017) The deepening ties between Anna and Adrien have the same kind of dull, matte gloss of the black-and-white cinematography - monochrome that occasionally segues to color, an ill-conceived gambit occasioned by flashbacks and fleeting moments of joy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
100% Taipei Story (Qing mei zhu ma) (1985) Yang's film centers on the slow disintegration of a relationship, an erosion that mirrors the abrading effects of both tradition and modernization.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
42% Song to Song (2017) There is only the barest frame of plot in Song to Song, the particulars of which are often incoherent or vague; even character names seem to be superfluous, prosaic details that can only interfere with the director's lofty vision.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) An outré yet unexpectedly touching tale of luxury brands and ectoplasm.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
83% Kiki (2017) [An] adroit documentary on the new generation of those in the ballroom and voguing scenes ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
79% Lovesong (2017) As feelings remain unexpressed or avoided, Lovesong grows more vaporous, even as the frame becomes increasingly cluttered with minor characters ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) No safeword can protect you from the sequel's depleting incoherence, its punishing pileup of plot and its inability to successfully stage, even once, the franchise's claim to notoriety: sex scenes, whether accessorized with hardware or not.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
64% I Am Michael (2017) It stars James Franco in the title role - casting that proves to be the film's biggest burden.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
95% Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) (2017) Medical facts, along with the delights of Paris particulars - the Canal Saint-Martin in the dead hours, the faces of early-morning Métro riders - give the film ballast when Théo and Hugo's getting-to-know-you patter grows too precious.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
94% Strike a Pose (2017) The six surviving members of the original seven are always excellent company, though Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan's film at times seems frustratingly under-researched.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
71% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) As always with Guiraudie's films, Staying Vertical shrewdly (and often hilariously) captures both the seriousness and the absurdity of sex ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) Nothing buoys the occasionally claustrophobic Son of Joseph more than the radiant, freckled face of newcomer Ezenfis ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
88% 20th Century Women (2017) Despite the movie's title and Bening's central role, women are oddly peripheral.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Toni Erdmann remains constantly absorbing through its precise examination of even the most mundane interactions.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
94% Neruda (2016) Larraín, born in Santiago in 1976, takes an oblique approach to his subject, one of his country's most exalted heroes - a strategy that renders the past always labile and dynamic, never static and turgid.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) The rager's excesses are wholly predictable: cocaine, a lot of white people jumping up and down to DJ Kool, gay-panicky visuals with eggnog.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
80% Evolution (2016) The hermeticism of Evolution can also seem like a dead end, as Hadzihalilovic returns to the same voluptuously grotesque images and scenarios over and over again.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016