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, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

Latest Stories

  • 8 days ago | Film and TV

    Patrick Warburton is that rare voice actor who looks like he sounds. His imposing, muscular physique complements his deep basso voice, but his warm tone gives a touch of soul to his many memorable performances as lunkheaded alpha males. Quite like...

  • Nobody looks good in C-grade spy thriller Extraction, partly because the lighting in most scenes is either distractingly low or naturally overexposed. You can actually see what's going on during the best action set pieces, particularly an...

  • Any plot synopsis will make high-concept slasher film The Funhouse Massacre sound way more fun than it actually is. Amateurish direction and generic characterization make a light premise -- serial killers slaughter a rural carnival's...

  • Since most of the exceptional hostage drama Heist takes place inside a cramped bus, your enjoyment depends on how much you relish the company of B-list actors who are very good at flaring their nostrils and immodestly threatening one...

  • At one point during fluffy documentary character study He Named Me Malala, an anonymous Pakistani civilian accuses seventeen-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai of being an unthinking mouthpiece for her diplomat father, Ziauddin: "I think...

  • Bitterly funny gambling comedy Mississippi Grind transcends its generic lovable-losers-on-a-bender plot by foregrounding exceptionally well-developed skid-row protagonists and weirdly charming dive-bar ambiance. Co-writer/-director team...

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