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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  • Pasolini's Salò meets red Solo cups in Goat, Andrew Neel's deep, dank dive into the depravities of frat pledging, which operates as its own kind of hazing ritual. Points are made and lessons imparted with all the subtlety and...

  • 5 days ago | Film and TV

    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 finesse of a Greek padd...

  • A brisk, busy recap of The Beatles from 1963 to ’66 — when they were uniformly mop-topped, clean-shaven and besuited — Ron Howard's documentary often plays as an advertorial gunning for maximum intergenerational appeal. Paul...

  • A decade after the fact, the scandal of JT LeRoy -- the HIV-positive, young male (though gender-fluid) writer adored by scores of global alt celebrities who was revealed to be the creation of a woman named Laura Albert -- is relitigated in Jeff...

  • 19 days ago | Film and TV

    A decade after the fact, the scandal of JT LeRoy — the HIV-positive, young male (though gender-fluid) writer adored by scores of global alt-celebrities who was revealed to be the creation of a woman named Laura Albert — is relitigated in Jeff Feue...

  • The word communication is frequently uttered in Ryusuke Hamaguchi's spellbinding Happy Hour, a film that devotes much of its epic length to showing how emotions are conveyed and dissembled, whether verbally or nonverbally. Running...

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