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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  • Mr. Roosevelt is the breeziest movie centered on the death of a cat you'll see all year. This comedy — written and directed by and starring Saturday Night Live alum Noël Wells — has many of the trappings of indie...

  • Paradise is a quiet, assured, elegantly shot drama of one of history's darkest moments. This World War II picture from Andrei Konchalovsky centers on the intermingled stories of Olga (Julia Vysotskaya), a Russian member of the French...

  • "It's easy for us to forget our connection to the natural world," Robert Redford intones late in Earth: One Amazing Day, a charming if simplistic documentary that works strictly in the feel-good mode. Watching a variety of animals across...

  • Literally, Right Before Aaron features one of the most uncomfortable flirting scenes in recent cinematic memory. In a flashback, Adam (Justin Long) approaches Allison (Cobie Smulders) in the college library. Allison is reading and...

  • 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,...

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