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.

Latest Stories

  • Never Goin’ Back, a day-in-the-life tale of two misfit teenage girls desperately trying to make some quick cash and escape their Dallas suburb, possesses an appealing blend of crudeness and charm. BFFs Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie...

  • “He’s a total self-creation,” Truman Capote says of Cecil Beaton in an archival clip featured in Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Love, Cecil. This documentary portrait offers a glamorous, if not terribly probing, overview of the life of a...

  • “I can’t be bothered with them,” Vivienne Westwood says when asked about The Sex Pistols early in Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist. While well known for her collaboration with the band and her relationship with their manager, Malcolm...

  • 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...

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