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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  • 2 days ago | Film and TV

    The tagline for David Lynch’s Inland Empire (2006), which he has avowed is his final film, is a four-word fragment: “a woman in trouble.” However simple, the phrase hypnotically evokes the sinister, insoluble mysteries that have been at the core o...

  • 11 days ago | Film and TV

    “I am garbage,” Amy Schumer’s Emily Middleton, on a vacation in Ecuador with her ma, Linda (Goldie Hawn), that’s gone all wrong, chimes in agreement with someone who’s leveled the insult at her — and who’s also holding the two women for ransom — i...

  • No artist literalized his surname more than Chris Burden (1946–2015), the Conceptual brinksman who subjected his flesh to spectacular strain in the 1970s, most infamously in Shoot (1971), in which a pal took aim at him, from 15 feet...

  • "I am garbage," Amy Schumer's Emily Middleton, on a vacation in Ecuador with her ma, Linda (Goldie Hawn), that's gone all wrong, chimes in agreement with someone who's leveled the insult at her -- and who's also holding the two women for...

  • A light and cheery appraisal of a somber subject, Vanessa Gould's documentary Obit. focuses on the writers and editors assigned to the necrology desk of The New York Times. Like other chronicles of dead-tree media made in the past...

  • A comedy, and also a tragedy, of remarriage -- without couples counseling or divorce -- writer-director Azazel Jacobs's The Lovers revitalizes its genre with a piquant premise: What happens when long-wedded spouses, each with a romantic...

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