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, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

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  • Paradise is a quiet, assured, elegantly shot drama of one of history's darkest moments. This World War II picture from Andrei Konchalovsky centers on the intermingled stories of Olga (Julia Vysotskaya), a Russian member of the French...

  • Stories of immigrant life are more important than ever. It's a shame, then, when such stories are told in a predictable fashion. The Tiger Hunter, a 1979-set drama about a young aspiring engineer who emigrates to Chicago from India, relies...

  • Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards offers an affectionate (if not particularly probing) documentary portrait of a fashion icon. Manolo Blahnik, a top designer of high-end shoes since the early '70s, relays his life story, guiding...

  • From the Land of the Moon is an elegantly shot tale of l'amour fou that could be eyeroll-inducing were its leads not so charismatic. In post-World War II France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard), a free-spirited but troubled sophisticate, is...

  • 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...

  • 4 months ago | Film and TV

    Megan Leavey is a war picture, but the scenes of combat, while suitably tense, are not its selling point. Instead, the film, based on a true story, follows aimless young Leavey (Kate Mara), who in 2003 leaves home to become a Marine. Director Gabr...

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