Simon Abrams

 

Simon Abrams is a regular film contributor at the Village Voice LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • The peppy but cynical animated superhero comedy Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is eager to flatter you, as so many of its lazy meta-reflexive jokes suggest.

    Most of the gags in this pandering spoof are about their own schematic...

  • The tonally berserk Western-comedy hybrid Damsel often suggests a Wes Anderson-directed acid Western, only without Anderson's knack for sad-sack jokes about macho pride or the acid Western's typically spiritual consideration of white guys'...

  • The gutting French WWI romantic-drama The Guardians convincingly examines homebound women sublimating love-sick anxieties (sexual, parental and sororal) into farmyard chores after their sons and husbands were sent to the Eastern Front....

  • A vividly sensuous teenage bromance kicks off the otherwise mostly unconvincing Australian surfing/coming-of-age drama Breath. Boisterous Loonie (Ben Spence) and withdrawn audience surrogate Pikelet (Samson Coulter) ride bikes, chop wood,...

  • There are two sorts of on-camera interviews in the obnoxiously superficial hotel commercial/documentary Always at the Carlyle, a tone-deaf celebration of Manhattan's ritzy Carlyle Hotel. The first catalog the notable guests whose...

  • Shout-out to editor Michael Felker -- who collaborated in the cutting room with multi-hyphenate co-helmer, co-editor duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead -- for literally setting the unnerving pace of the creepy supernatural drama The...

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