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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  • The appeal of Kamikaze '89 is largely necrophilic: Wolf Gremm's sci-fi bibelot premiered in West Germany on July 16, 1982 -- one month after the death of its star, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, here in his final role as actor....

  • 17 days ago | Film Reviews

    Kindly allow this lengthy aside and conspiracy theorizing: I can’t start my review of Paul Feig’s redo of Ghostbusters without first mentioning the stupefying chaos that attended last Thursday evening’s press screening, the only one of two schedul...

  • The new Ghostbusters is mostly a tragic underutilizing of four of this country's funniest women — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon as the evil-ectoplasm battlers of the title, fighting to save a New...

  • The feature debut of Venezuelan writer-director Lorenzo Vigas is less a fully realized and inhabited project than a set of symmetries snapping into place. Middle-aged and resolutely middle-class Armando (Alfredo Castro), a denture specialist,...

  • Filmed in the summer of 1983, Diego Echeverria's Los Sures, a spirited but clear-eyed survey of South Williamsburg, transports viewers to the area before the blight of condos and bespoke-BBQ joints. Echeverria's hour-long chronicle, shot...

  • 2 months ago | Film Reviews

    Octave Mirbeau’s The Diary of a Chambermaid, a 1900 novel about the depravities in all social strata written from the point of view of a servant named Célestine, has famously been adapted twice before, by two of cinema’s immortals. Benoît Jacquot’...

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