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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  • Imagine a Spencer Gifts store packed with nothing but sexist-catchphrase T-shirts and novelty items shaped like dicks and you’ll have a good idea of Supercon’s aesthetic. The film follows washed-up former child actor Keith Mahar (Russell...

  • Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to Be Free is an awkward mouthful of a title, but this biographical study of a trailblazing 19th-century intellectual offers a worthwhile history lesson. The first female psychoanalyst, Lou...

  • Flock of Four is a warm if ultimately slight portrait of a group of jazz-aficionado friends on a single late-’50s California night. Gregory Caruso’s film started life as a short, and you can tell. The expanded Flock of Four still...

  • “Mortals are flawed. We are all of us cracked vessels,” says Carol (Edie Falco), a high school teacher, as she presents a lesson on mythology to her class. It’s an obvious statement of the themes guiding Outside In, a quiet tale of an...

  • Is there any image more quirkily French than that of Isabelle Huppert working in a pâté-making factory? Souvenir, a lightweight portrait of Huppert as Liliane, a former pop singer, suggests there is not. Having fallen out of...

  • A Ciambra, Jonas Carpignano's tale of a 14-year-old boy growing up fast in a small Romani community in southwest Italy, is an understated, naturalistic take on a story that could easily be delivered with melodramatic clichés. The...

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