Simon Abrams

Simon Abrams 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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  • Fast-moving zombies are the only thing holding back South Korean horror-thriller Train to Busan from greatness. The zombies that attack cross-country train passengers during a never-explained crisis instantly change from infected humans...

  • You can see flashes of bawdy comedic brilliance sprinkled throughout Parched, an otherwise grim Indian drama about four women living in the male-dominated village of Gujarat. Too bad writer-director Leena Yadav only infrequently uses...

  • This frustrating behind-the-scenes concert doc makes accomplished musicians look like nervous suitors at a manic speed-dating meetup. Five members of Ma's 59-piece group, including Iranian kamancheh composer Kayhan Kalhor and Chinese pipa...

  • There's more conflict and suspense in martial-arts period piece The Final Master's dialogue than in recent action films' best fight scenes. Blunt Mamet-esque witticisms and Bruce Lee–style philosophizing come together in lines like...

  • What's the best way to watch Japanese animated porno Belladonna of Sadness (1973), a beautiful and upsetting fantasy about a medieval peasant who reluctantly screws the Devil in exchange for supernatural powers? You may want to get lost in...

  • In bland racing doc Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame, filmmaker Tony Girardin indecisively juggles several angles in his attempts to explain the competitive genius of 75-year-old bicycle maker and racing cyclist Giuseppe Marinoni. He...

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