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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  • 3 days ago | Film and TV

    How do you sell an international comedy-action superstar to an American audience? Sony Pictures, the distributors of charming Hong Kong action-fantasy Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, still haven’t figured out how to pitch comedian-tur...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The mega-popular, decades-old stadium-rock group X Japan features speed-metal-fast drums, emo-ballad lyrics and hair-metal-meets-Alice-Cooper costumes that make them look like many-abbed, leather-clad descendants of kabuki actors and KISS. You...

  • 4 months ago | Film and TV

    The Thing died a noisy death when it debuted in 1982. In fact, this masterful paranoiac thriller about a vicious shape-shifting alien infiltrating a group of scientists stationed in Antarctica bombed so hard that director John Carpenter was fired ...

  • Frustrating behind-the-scenes concert doc The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble makes accomplished musicians look like nervous suitors at a manic speed-dating meetup. Five members of Ma's 59-piece group, including...


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