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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  • Newly restored by Britain's Imperial War Museum (IWM), the punishing 1945 doc German Concentration Camps Factual Survey was made to shock German POWs into becoming more aware of their complicity (the Allies' strategy changed, and the film...

  • Steven Seagal, the flamboyantly brutal action hero, is a shadow of his hyper-violent self in Contract to Kill, a dreary espionage thriller that never lets the ’90s genre icon cut loose. Instead of snapping Russian mobsters' necks or...

  • Underwhelming biographical doc Mifune: The Last Samurai presents Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai, Rashomon) as the personification of samurai-like reserve and loyalty. Director Steven Okazaki uses interviews with...

  • Big-budget action-adventure film The Duelist boasts an intimate scale thanks to its creators' emphasis on the sound and texture of 19th-century Saint Petersburg. Writer-director Alexey Mizgirev's interest in creaking floorboards,...

  • The makers of this obnoxious "based on a true story" horror-thriller never drag us deep enough into the tortured headspace of their Leopold and Loeb–inspired murderers, Thomas (Jon Kondelik) and Charles (Graham Denman), a pair of...

  • This dialogue-free French/Japanese animated fable -- a low-key adventure about an unnamed shipwrecked beardo who falls in love with nature -- might serve as a potent antidote for post-Election depression. The legion of animators, led by Hayao...

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