Melissa Anderson

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  • Antagonism, aggression and the apocalypse prove to be potent stimulants in Thomas Cailley's winning first feature, Love at First Fight. (The original French title, Les Combattants — "The Fighters" — avoids the dopey pun...

  • 2 months ago | Film Reviews

    New York has often been the setting for films about heroin addicts, with titles ranging from Shirley Clarke's cinéma vérité–tweaking The Connection (1961) to Slava Tsukerman's new-wave cult classic Liquid Sky (1982) mining the drama of smack freak...

  • New York has often been the setting for films about heroin addicts, with titles ranging from Shirley Clarke's cinéma-vérité-tweaking The Connection (1961) to Slava Tsukerman's new-wave cult classic Liquid Sky...

  • Michel Houellebecq is France’s most famous contemporary writer, owing in part to controversy he either stirs up or can’t escape from. In 2002, he was tried for (and acquitted of) “inciting racial hatred” for calling Islam...

  • Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny: What we perceive as — or have convinced ourselves to be — the workings of fate, whether...

  • Flight risks abound in Pascale Ferran's charming, audacious Bird People, a film that tracks the dizzying rush to freedom of two restive souls both grounded in a particularly dreary, confining location: an airport hotel. The bulwark-like...

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