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2012 Stories by Melissa Anderson

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  • 10 Movies to Watch in 2013

    published December 27, 2012

    Most of the blathering this year about the death of film and film culture has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one... More >>

  • How To Survive A Plague

    published October 4, 2012

    In his filmmaking debut, journalist David France, who wrote the first story about ACT UP for The Village Voice, assembles a thoroughly... More >>

  • Whitney Houston, Actress

    published August 9, 2012

    In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama I (which didn't screen in time for our deadline) — Whitney Houston's... More >>

  • She Endures

    published July 12, 2012

    A zealous gumbo of regionalism, magical realism, post-Katrina allegory, myth and ecological parable, Beasts of the Southern Wild,... More >>

  • Ted

    published June 28, 2012

    Fans of Seth MacFarlane's Fox mainstay Family Guy who wish he would run afoul of FCC regulations every week might be pleased with... More >>

  • Brave, A Rare Family Film

    published June 21, 2012

    With her flame-colored ringlets, Merida, the barely adolescent heroine of Pixar's 13th feature, looks like a wee Rebekah Brooks, maybe a pint-size... More >>

  • Jane Fonda Deserves Better

    published June 14, 2012

    Three generations of fine actresses are squandered in Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, an incompetently structured... More >>

  • Oslo, August 31st

    published June 7, 2012

    In just two feature films, writer/director Joachim Trier has proven to be unparalleled in exposing the foibles and delusions of all the sad young... More >>

  • Michigan Is Not for Lovers

    published April 26, 2012

    There is exactly one unexpected moment in the otherwise drearily predictable The Five-Year Engagement that, though little more than... More >>

  • North America's Next Top Killer

    published March 22, 2012

    "If no one watches, then they don't have a game," a teenager says in this faithful if cautious adaptation of the first volume of Suzanne Collins's... More >>

  • Undercover Brothers

    published March 15, 2012

    The television show 21 Jump Street, about cops who go undercover as high schoolers, debuted on Fox in 1987 — one year after the... More >>

  • Two Thirties and a Baby

    published March 8, 2012

    In the opening scene of Friends with Kids, a conspicuously placed copy of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion on the bedside... More >>

  • Dance, Dance, Revolution

    published January 26, 2012

    "You just have to get crazier" were the words of advice mighty choreographer Pina Bausch once gave to one of her dancers, who fondly recalls the... More >>

  • On Her Way Out

    published January 12, 2012

    The first ten minutes of Dee Rees's funny, moving, nuanced and impeccably acted first feature, in which coming of age and coming out are... More >>

  • Is Nothing Sacred?

    published January 12, 2012

    A holy hot mess of the sacred and the inane, Joyful Noise, about a small-town Southern gospel choir, lifts from Usher's "Yeah!"... More >>

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