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.

Latest Stories

  • 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 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....

  • Before we see anything in Below Her Mouth (spoiler alert: The below in the title probably refers to a woman's naughty bits), we hear sexual moaning. This Canadian lesbian drama is basically softcore porn, which isn't necessarily a...

  • 5 months ago | Film Reviews

    The comforting analog clack of typewriter keys is a leitmotif in Their Finest, Lone Scherfig’s slight but appealing adaptation of Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half (who knows why the subject of the original title was confusingly cast...

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