Abbey Bender

 

Abbey Bender is a regular film contributor to the Village Voice,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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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