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 Argentinian director Matías Piñeiro, and his first in English, Hermia & Helena takes a lively jaunt through intellectual and personal relationships. The plot follows Camila (Agustina...

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    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...

  • An early moment in Slack Bay, the latest from French provocateur Bruno Dumont, finds a plump police inspector in a black uniform rolling down a hill of white sand. It's the kind of image that wouldn't have been out of place in a silent...

  • The light drama of Little Boxes concerns a familiar tale of displacement. Mack (Nelsan Ellis), Gina (Melanie Lynskey) and their son Clark (Armani Jackson) are an appealing mixed-race Brooklyn family who move to the suburbs when Gina...

  • The comforting analog clack of typewriter keys is a leitmotif in Their Finest, Lone Scherfig's slight but appealing adaptation of Lissa Evans' novel Their Finest Hour and a Half (who knows why the subject of the original title was...

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