Abbey Bender is a film critic who has written for Brooklyn Magazine, Sight and Sound, Little White Lies, and Film Comment, among other publications. She lives in New York.
7 days ago | Film and TV
An early moment in Slack Bay, the latest from French provocateur Bruno Dumont, finds a plump police inspector in a black uniform rolling down a hill of white sand. It’s the kind of image that wouldn’t have been out of place in a silent short, and ...
14 days ago | Film and TV
The light drama of Little Boxes concerns a familiar tale of displacement. Mack (Nelsan Ellis), Gina (Melanie Lynskey), and their son, Clark (Armani Jackson), are an appealing mixed-race Brooklyn family who move to the suburbs when Gina accepts a p...
23 days ago | Film and TV
The comforting analog clack of typewriter keys is a leitmotif in Their Finest, Lone Scherfig’s slight but appealing adaptation of Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half (who knows why the subject of the original title was confusingly cast...
1 month ago | Film and TV
If a mysterious group of men show up promising to bring back your dead brother, chances are things won't end too well. Dig Two Graves offers subtle, backwoods gothic scares built around themes of painful loss and dangerous deals that have informed...
3 months ago | Film and TV
Sex Doll’s lurid title suggests a Russ Meyer exploitation fest, but in truth the film offers a toned down, occasionally bland look at sex work. Prostitution has long been a cinematic fixture, and writer/director Sylvie Verheyde seeks to offset the...
'This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous' Offers a Charming Exploration of a YouTube Star’s Transformation3 months ago | Film and TV
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous is an intimate and engaging exploration of gender dynamics and the curious, uniquely 21st-century alchemy of YouTube stardom. Veteran documentarian Barbara Kopple captures Gigi Gorgeous, a young, indefatigably sas...