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, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

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  • This patchy comedy about a cossetted, obnoxious gymnast who has slid deep into sloth in the decade or so since her Olympic triumph gets an occasional laugh from the American ills it sends up: jingoism, the sports-industrial complex,...

  • 6 months ago | Film and TV

    This patchy comedy about a cossetted, obnoxious gymnast who has slid deep into sloth in the decade or so since her Olympic triumph gets an occasional laugh from the American ills it sends up: jingoism, the sports-industrial complex, home-schooling...

  • A film of fizzy languor, Kelly Reichardt's terrific 1994 debut feature, recently restored, tracks two lovers on the lam so inept that they can't even make it past a tollbooth. "I wondered if there was anyone in the world as lonely as me," ponders...

  • This toothless, silken-looking satire takes aim at easy targets: white Williamsburg ennui, technology, yoga. Set a few eyeblinks into the future, Creative Control centers on David (Benjamin Dickinson, who directed and co-scripted with...

  • The seemingly stark divide between sleep and wakefulness serves as the main motif in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendor, which allegorizes the history of Thailand as deepest REM slumber. Weerasethakul's works are sensory...

  • The title of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's strained dark comedy, in which the War in Afghanistan serves as the backdrop for an American woman's self-actualizing journey, is the military phonetic-alphabet rendering of WTF. The mild Islamophobia...

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