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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  • 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...

  • 2 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...

  • Megan Leavey is a war picture, but the scenes of combat, while suitably tense, are not its selling point. Instead, the film, based on a true story, follows aimless young Leavey (Kate Mara), who in 2003 leaves home to become a Marine....

  • "You don't want to get mixed up with me," warns Roxxy (Zoë Kravitz), a punkish young woman from what movies used to call "the wrong side of the tracks," early in Vincent N Roxxy. It's a line that's been spoken in countless crime...

  • 3 months ago | Film and TV

    The film is highly self-aware, and Juliette Binoche’s performance as Aude Van Peteghem is delightfully redolent of the snooty dames so memorably captured by Margaret Dumont in the Marx Brothers' films.

  • Before we see anything in Below Her Mouth (spoiler alert: The below in the title probably refers to a woman's naughty bits), we hear sexual moaning. This Canadian lesbian drama is basically softcore porn, which isn't necessarily a...

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