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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  • 11 days ago | Film and TV

    Boundaries are violated repeatedly in Fifty Shades Darker, a film that demands even more submission of its audience than its predecessor, 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey. No safeword can protect you from the sequel’s depleting incoherence, its punishi...

  • Boundaries are violated repeatedly in Fifty Shades Darker, a film that demands even more submission of its audience than its predecessor, 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey. No safeword can protect you from the sequel's depleting...

  • I Am Michael recounts, sometimes artlessly, the true story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist and publishing impresario who renounced rainbow flags to embrace Christ and heterosexuality. It stars James Franco in the title role —...

  • Told in real time, Paris 05:59 Théo & Hugo devotes the first 18 of its 93 minutes (not including credits) to the frenzied fun happening during the wee hours in the red light–bathed basement of a gay sex club in Les Halles. It...

  • The male backup dancers for Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour assume the foreground in the documentary Strike a Pose: The six surviving members of the original seven are always excellent company, though Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan's film...

  • In Staying Vertical, as in nearly all of French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie's tonically unorthodox work, the emphasis is on the abundant possibility of pairings and practices when people get horizontal. As the film opens, Léo (Damien...

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