Abbey Bender


Abbey Bender is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • Stories of immigrant life are more important than ever. It's a shame, then, when such stories are told in a predictable fashion. The Tiger Hunter, a 1979-set drama about a young aspiring engineer who emigrates to Chicago from India, relies...

  • Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards offers an affectionate (if not particularly probing) documentary portrait of a fashion icon. Manolo Blahnik, a top designer of high-end shoes since the early ’70s, relays his life story,...

  • 1 month ago | Film and TV

    A grating protagonist alone does not a bad film make, but the episodic, unsatisfying Lemon revels in purposeful nails-on-a-chalkboard unlikability. Isaac (Brett Gelman), a struggling actor and stage director, spins out of control after his girlfri...

  • From the Land of the Moon is an elegantly shot tale of l'amour fou that could be eyeroll-inducing were its leads not so charismatic. In post–World War II France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard), a free-spirited but troubled...

  • The latest Shakespeare-inspired film from Argentine director Matías Piñeiro, and his first in English, Hermia & Helena takes a lively jaunt through intellectual and personal relationships. The plot follows Camila (Agustina...

  • 4 months ago | Film and TV

    While the film follows a predictable arc — Megan Leavey goes from misfit to hero as she and Rex, an aggressive but soulful German shepherd, are deployed in Iraq — it is anchored in a poignancy frequently missing in this explosion-filled, hyper-mac...


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