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, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • 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 McLaren,...

  • Is there any image more quirkily French than that of Isabelle Huppert working in a pate-making factory? Souvenir, a lightweight portrait of Huppert as Liliane, a former pop singer, suggests there is not. Having fallen out of the spotlight,...

  • Part horror movie, part feminist screed, part sitcom, Bitch tells the tale of a housewife, Jill (Marianna Palka, who also wrote and directed), who after an unsuccessful suicide attempt experiences a mental breakdown and starts acting like...

  • 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...

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