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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  • Sex Doll's lurid title suggests a Russ Meyer exploitation fest, but in truth the film offers a toned down, occasionally bland look at sex work. Prostitution has long been a cinematic fixture, and writer/director Sylvie Verheyde seeks to...

  • This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous is an intimate and engaging exploration of gender dynamics and the curious, uniquely 21st-century alchemy of YouTube stardom. Veteran documentarian Barbara Kopple captures Gigi Gorgeous, a young,...

  • Lost in Florence is like a feature-length commercial for a travel agency. While writer-director Evan Oppenheimer’s tale of love, sport and Italian culture captures the landscape with a pleasant sheen and certainly makes Florence look...

  • Kung Fu Yoga is a brash spectacle that makes good on the promise of multiculturalism implied by its title. The film follows an archaeology professor, Jack (Jackie Chan), and his team as they attempt to locate a lost Indian treasure....

  • 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...

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