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>.
6 days ago | Film and TV
A question is posed to the main character of Barry Jenkins’s wondrous, superbly acted new film, Moonlight: “Who is you, man?” The beauty of Jenkins’s second feature, which follows his San Francisco–set black-boho romance Medicine for Melancholy (2...
8 days ago | Film and TV
In one of the more bizarre coincidences of film scheduling, the brief life of a TV journalist whose biggest scoop was announcing her own death on air is recapitulated for the second time this year. Released in August, Robert Greene’s porous docume...
17 days ago | Film and TV
A young man tramples through the snow in fast, furious, headlong motion in the beginning of André Téchiné’s Being 17, a film that proceeds at a similar clip. So have many of the director’s previous works: Téchiné, who began making movies five deca...
In the nine years since she was first accused of and jailed for murder -- then exculpated, only to be retried and found guilty again, and finally absolved -- Amanda Knox has learned a thing or two about performance. "Either I'm a psychopath in...
29 days ago | Film and TV
In the nine years since she was first accused of and jailed for murder — then exculpated, only to be retried and found guilty again, and finally absolved — Amanda Knox has learned a thing or two about performance. “Either I’m a psychopath in sheep...
Pasolini's Salò meets red Solo cups in Goat, Andrew Neel's deep, dank dive into the depravities of frat pledging that operates as its own kind of hazing ritual. Points are made and lessons imparted with all the subtlety and...