2010 Stories by MELISSA ANDERSON

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  • Hotel California

    published December 23, 2010

    Dissolute action-movie star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), first seen doing laps in his black Ferrari, has no destination in Somewhere,... More >>

  • Gay and Gayer

    published December 2, 2010

    It’s taken almost two years for the bonkers, exhilarating same-sex romantic comedy I Love You Phillip Morris to finally reach... More >>

  • Philadelphia Fire

    published December 2, 2010

    Writer/director Tanya Hamilton’s striking debut is the rare recent American-independent film that goes beyond the private dramas of its... More >>

  • 'Next' to Nothing

    published November 18, 2010

    “What if we choose to exist solely in a reality of our own making?” asks Pittsburgh community-college lit professor John Brennan... More >>

  • The Rainbow Disconnection

    published November 4, 2010

    It’s a long, long way from the women’s bar outside Berkeley, California, where Ntozake Shange first presented her combustible... More >>

  • The Governor's Balls

    published November 4, 2010

    The usually silver-tongued Eliot Spitzer, political hero of last month’s Inside Job and now ubiquitous media personality,... More >>

  • The Girl Whose Story We Cannot Follow

    published October 28, 2010

    When we first see Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the final adaptation of Stieg... More >>

  • The Worst Little Whorehouse Movie

    published July 1, 2010

    Helen Mirren married director Taylor Hackford in 1997; the two fell in love on the set of White Nights (1985), their first film together.... More >>

  • 'Just Wright' Is Just Wrong

    published May 13, 2010

    Another movie, not as awful or deluded as this one, might one day find better use for the easygoing vibe between Queen Latifah and Common, the... More >>

  • Everyday 'Mother and Child'

    published May 6, 2010

    In his work as writer/director, Rodrigo García has admirably distinguished himself through his commitment to creating intelligent, complex... More >>

  • Ten Don't-Miss Films at the Newport Beach Film Festival

    published April 15, 2010

    American JihadistDirector Mark Claywell’s film, which won the Best Documentary prize at January’s... More >>

  • No Sparks From Miley

    published April 1, 2010

    The script, costumes and props of The Last Song work hard to establish Miley Cyrus’ dramatic-role bona fides as the 17-year-old... More >>

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