Melissa Anderson

 

Melissa Anderson is the senior film critic at the Village Voice, for which she first began writing in 2000. Her work also appears in the publications of the Voice’s film partner, Voice Media Group: LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • 5 days ago | Film Reviews

    Two seemingly incongruous categories — the small-scale romantic doodle and the rampaging-creature feature — are brought together in Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, a film that never really fulfills the potential of its adventurous premise. This monste...

  • 6 days ago | Film Reviews

    Nasty, brutish and not short enough, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire has a simple — and ultimately simpleminded — premise: to protract what would normally be a brief shoot-out scene to the majority of the movie’s 90-minute running time. On the surface, t...

  • Two seemingly incongruous categories — the small-scale romantic doodle and the rampaging-creature feature — are brought together in Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal, a film that never really fulfills the potential of its adventurous...

  • Like its central not-couple, two women tongue-tied about their desire for each other, So Yong Kim's Lovesong frustrates with its lack of articulation. Sarah (Riley Keough) and her three-year-old daughter, Jessie (Jessie Ok Gray), are...

  • Nasty, brutish and not short enough, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire has a simple -- and ultimately simpleminded -- premise: to protract what would normally be a brief shoot-out scene to the majority of the movie's 90-minute running time. On the...

  • Set immediately after World War I, Frantz, the latest by the prolific François Ozon, is structured by, and titled after, an absence: a young German soldier killed in battle. Other deficiencies, not intended, soon become apparent in...

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