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2009 Stories by Melissa Anderson

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  • War Film Brothers a Family Trauma Drama

    published December 3, 2009

    Jim Sheridan's remake of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2005 original on the familial and psychic trauma caused by Operation Enduring Freedom... More >>

  • Going Green

    published November 26, 2009

    Veteran doc maker Robert Stone (Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Oswald’s Ghost) assembles nine talking, graying heads... More >>

  • The Blind Side

    published November 19, 2009

    Another poor, massive, uneducated African-American teenager lumbers onto screens this month, two weeks after Precious and obviously timed as a... More >>

  • (Untitled) Aims High and Arty With a Standard Love Triangle

    published November 5, 2009

    This film aims wide and misses, its satire of the contemporary-art scene seemingly lifted from the transcripts of late-'80s Senate debates... More >>

  • Coco Before Chanel Review: Chanel Worship Is So Last Year

    published September 24, 2009

    Coco Before Chanel opens in 1893 with a grim scene of a 10-year-old waif, Belle Époque Coco, and her sister unceremoniously... More >>

  • Fame Movie Review: The New Incarnation Sanitizes Tennage Life

    published September 24, 2009

    Gone are Leroy’s cornrows, short-shorts, and leg warmers: The anodyne adolescents in 25-year-old Kevin Tancharoen’s directorial debut... More >>

  • Love Happens Review: Sap Kills More than Flowers

    published September 17, 2009

    “The sap pollutes the water, and then they die,” florist Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) upbraids her employee on the importance of... More >>

  • Fashion Victim

    published September 10, 2009

    In the early '00s, I worked as a freelancer for a publication two floors below Vogue — pre-Devil Wears Prada. Each sighting of... More >>

  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself Proves That Tyler Perry Can Do Just That

    published September 10, 2009

    If you are the director, producer, writer adapting your own stage play, and co-star of a film, you really show how bad you can do all by yourself.... More >>

  • Ruining Woodstock

    published August 27, 2009

    If you remember Woodstock, you probably weren't there," the expression goes. And if you were, can you please stop gassing on about it? Aquarian... More >>

  • New in Film

    published May 7, 2009

    I love beauty — it's not my fault," the perpetually orange, shellacked septuagenarian Valentino sniffs to reporters backstage at his... More >>

  • The Haunting in Rhode Island

    published April 30, 2009

    Two weeks after jowly Matthew Perry transformed into pretty Zac Efron to relive his adolescence in 17 Again, Warner Bros. releases... More >>

  • New in Film

    published April 16, 2009

    The Golden Boys You can feel yourself growing older in the 90 minutes it takes to watch this horrid piece of filmed dinner theater... More >>

  • A League of Their Own

    published April 9, 2009

    Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have transformed some of the saggiest, most clichéd genres with smarts, non-screechy politics, superb acting,... More >>

  • Now Playing

    published March 19, 2009

    Duplicity It's little surprise that, for his second film as director, Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy leans heavily... More >>

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