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2012 Stories by Melissa Anderson

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  • Boy

    published February 29, 2012

    The abundant charm of first-time actor James Rolleston, playing the 11-year-old of the title in Boy, doesn't quite save the aimless,... More >>

  • Project X

    published February 29, 2012

    “There’s a midget in the oven!” is about as inspired as the dialogue and set pieces get in this queasy-making entertainment... More >>

  • Group Dynamics: A Record of 35-plus Years of Experimental Theater at 33 Wooster

    published February 15, 2012

    Gertrude Stein once replied to an interviewer who couldn't make sense of her 1934 opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, "If you enjoy, you... More >>

  • Bullhead

    published February 15, 2012

    In Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam's first feature, thirtyish Jacky (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a cattle-farming hulk who keeps his... More >>

  • 'Talking Landscape: Early Media Work, 1974-1984'

    published February 8, 2012

    Chicago-born Andrea Callard, among the first wave of Tribeca artist-settlers in the early '70s, loved to find the country in the city. Several... More >>

  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

    published February 8, 2012

    Its production design inspired by Yes album covers and Candy Land, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island continues the weak Jules... More >>

  • Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

    published February 1, 2012

    "There was this creature with huge eyes and an enormous red mouth," recalls Bruce Vilanch on first seeing Carol Channing on TV—an... More >>

  • Save the Humans! Actors and Whales Trapped in Big Miracle

    published February 1, 2012

    Starring everyone who wasn’t in New Year’s Eve—and larded with just as many bromides—Big Miracle is... More >>

  • The Woman in Black

    published February 1, 2012

    A ghost story set in a never-clearly-defined era (the fashion suggests Victorian, the automobiles Edwardian), The Woman in Black aids in... More >>

  • One for the Money

    published January 25, 2012

    One for the Money—not just the title of Katherine Heigl’s latest but also the mantra she chants before every movie contract... More >>

  • Butt Seriously: Life is an Erotic Cabaret in Crazy Horse

    published January 18, 2012

    Recording "Les Filles du Crazy," an anthem that they'll later lip-synch onstage, half a dozen women—performers at the Crazy Horse,... More >>

  • Is Nothing Sacred? Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, Sullied, in Joyful Noise

    published January 11, 2012

    A holy hot mess of the sacred and the inane, Joyful Noise, about a small-town Southern gospel choir, lifts from Usher's "Yeah!" to give... More >>

  • Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte Hagiography

    published January 11, 2012

    Produced by his youngest daughter, Gina, this profile of Harry Belafonte, foregrounding the 84-year-old actor and singer's political activism,... More >>

  • Domain

    published January 11, 2012

    Fearless Béatrice Dalle, who made her screen debut at age 21 as the sexed-up, self-mutilating title character in Betty Blue... More >>

  • Lula, Son of Brazil

    published January 11, 2012

    Forget "Son of Brazil ": This syrupy origin story/biopic on the nation's beloved reformist president, whose second term ended in 2010,... More >>

  • The Hunter

    published January 4, 2012

    Filmed during the months leading up to the 2009 presidential election in Iran, The Hunter still seethes with fury—and anticipates... More >>

  • Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

    published January 4, 2012

    Its special effects limited to interplanetary craft made of foil takeout containers, Madeleine Olnek's lo-fi divertissement proves to be more... More >>

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