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, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • With its scenes of its young protagonist puking or contemplating her bad decisions while in the bath, its motif of cutesy illustrations and stuffed animals and even its one-word title, much of Unlovable is familiar, but the film at least...

  • A Happening of Monumental Proportions, the directorial debut of actress Judy Greer, is the kind of indie-pop scored, sunny, lightweight comedy we've seen many times before. The slightly novel story concerns seemingly random characters...

  • MDMA opens with a young, scantily clad woman snorting cocaine in a nightclub. How did she get there? The film soon takes us back to a year earlier, when Angie (Annie Q.), a bright but increasingly troubled college freshman, experienced...

  • If you're taken to away to a remote, mysterious mansion, run as fast as you can in the other direction. Such is the familiar lesson of Boarding School, an atmospheric but not entirely cohesive horror tale. In 1990s New York, Jacob (Luke...

  • 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...

  • Dead Night, a title that could describe any number of horror films, starts with a dark flashback and quickly moves to a desolate rural cabin. It's familiar territory: You know right away that this family trip isn't going to end well. But...

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