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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  • Alone in Berlin subtly tells a true story of life during wartime, leaving the frontlines for the trenches of domestic suffering. While not the most formally adventurous or action-packed picture, it is a film of compelling urgency. In the...

  • Miss Sloane opens with a clever gambit: Jessica Chastain's face fills the screen in a tight close-up as she talks about strategy, breaking the fourth wall. From its opening minutes, the audience is put at the mercy of a charismatic figure...

  • The Twilight saga has proved a surprising launching pad for auteur darlings, as evidenced by the recent filmographies of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Taylor Lautner, who played a hunky werewolf in the YA franchise, hasn't yet had...

  • 2 months ago | Film and TV

    Miss Sloane opens with a clever gambit: Jessica Chastain’s face fills the screen in a tight close-up as she talks about strategy, breaking the fourth wall. From the film's opening minutes, the audience is put at the mercy of a charismatic figure a...

  • Early in Keep in Touch, bland protagonist Colin (Ryan Bachand), a manual laborer on parole after a nearly fatal car accident, rifles through a collection of childhood ephemera, wondering what became of an early girlfriend. After learning...

  • Ali and Nino, with its grand tale of love and war, feels like something of a throwback. The film, based on the 1937 novel by Kurban Said, takes place in a divided Azerbaijan on the brink of World War I and centers on the romance between...

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