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Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
39% 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
84% 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
48% 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
79% Personal Shopper (2017) An outré yet unexpectedly touching tale of luxury brands and ectoplasm.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
78% 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
75% 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
9% 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
66% 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
67% 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
96% 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
79% 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
96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Daughters of the Dust abounds with stunning motifs and tableaux, the iconography seemingly sourced from dreams as much as from history and folklore.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% The Illinois Parables (2016) Stratman often juxtaposes static, serene landscape footage with an increasingly agitated soundtrack, arriving at an odd consonance amid so much dissonance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
48% Almost Christmas (2016) Talbert ... follows formula for the overcrowded and overplotted Noel-season movie, ladling out too-generous portions of churchiness, multigenerational dance-off, and Mars vs. Venus sermonizing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
80% Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016) A hazy drift through vast subjects - the fluidity of adolescence and the fragility of family - Anna Muylaert's Don't Call Me Son works best when it goes small.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
97% Moonlight (2016) A question is posed to the main character of Barry Jenkins's wondrous, superbly acted new film, Moonlight: "Who is you, man?"‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
No Score Yet One Potato, Two Potato (1964) Both husband and wife are shrewdly observed characters in a film untainted by sentimentality, a quality that American films about race, then and now, fall back on.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
57% One-Eyed Jacks (1961) A strange, tumid, engrossing western ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
88% Christine (2016) Christine, like most films in its genre, relies on excess: acting as extreme sport, period fetishism, signpost dialogue.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
94% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Being 17 boldly examines the fear of letting go and giving in - the terror, in short, of becoming an adult.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
87% Amanda Knox (2016) Like too many recent documentaries, Blackhurst and McGinn's is filled with missed opportunities.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
77% Goat (2016) Points are made and lessons imparted with all the subtlety and finesse of a Greek paddle to the head.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) Frantically rushing through the quartet's prodigious output during these years, Eight Days a Week is best when it slows down ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
80% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Queasily absorbing ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
84% To Sleep With Anger (1990) One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
57% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) A warm and heartfelt but too often desultory and disorganized tribute to the down-to-earth intellectual.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) Running nearly five and a half hours, Hamaguchi's movie foregrounds the quotidian, revealing the latent drama in the most seemingly mundane moments.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
83% Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) Immensely pleasurable ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
100% Sudden Fear (1952) Like many underrecognized treasures, David Miller's Sudden Fear fits into and defies different genres, its convention-scrambling partly the result of the fact that the film looks both forward and back.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) Depleting and clamorous ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) Cogitore's movie is at once otherworldly and firmly tethered to stark reality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) For all of its wise, welcome focus on the libidinal, Summertime additionally succeeds in presenting the far-left fervor of the time without devolving into school-play pageantry.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Ghostbusters 2.0 suffers from the anxiety of influence - or, more specifically, from the fear of not wanting to alienate the fans (Gen X'ers and others) of 1.0.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
80% My Little Loves (Mes Petites Amoureuses) (1974) Compassionate but never sentimental, My Little Loves is an essential entry in the coming-of-age canon, a film that ennobles adolescence by so truthfully portraying its attendant indignities.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
90% The King of Comedy (1983) Brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) A dopey examination of Instagram-abetted adolescent abandon.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) Less a fully realized and inhabited project than a set of symmetries snapping into place.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Célestine and Joseph never make logical confederates, a result of the sodden chemistry between Seydoux and Lindon. Their scheming to leave the Lanlaires for good merely hastens the movie's too-abrupt ending ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2016
83% Kamikaze '89 (1983) When the increasingly knotty conspiracy plot that motors Kamikaze '89 grows too unintelligible or dull, Gremm has the good sense to cut to the film's greatest set piece ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
82% Chevalier (2016) Despite the claustrophobic setting and Tsangari's observational style, Chevalier doesn't register as hermetic or coolly condescending; the film feels loose and agile even amid so much capricious rule-making.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
No Score Yet Jacques Rivette, The Night Watchman (1990) Rivette ... saw mysteries everywhere and created thrillingly enigmatic movies. But in Denis's documentary, the man himself, at once diffident and forthright, is exceptionally lucid.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
95% Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966) Formally spartan, Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl is dense with cool fury.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) There's a lot of excitable talk about algorithms (or "algos"), the overuse of the term perhaps fitting for a film that seems to have been constructed not by humans but by binary code.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016