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 and Dallas Observer.

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  • Japanese pop idol Takuya Kimura delivers a thrillingly satiric but committed performance in samurai action-adventure Blade of the Immortal, the 100th film helmed by cult filmmaker Takashi Miike (Audition, Izo). Kimura uses deadpan...

  • More dance, please. Writer/director Tomer Heymann's uneven doc Mr. Gaga offers a character study of Israeli dance choreographer Ohad Naharin, but the scope and power of Naharin's art only becomes clear when the dancers illustrate rather...

  • Big-budget action-adventure film The Duelist boasts an intimate scale thanks to its creators' emphasis on the sound and texture of 19th-century Saint Petersburg. Writer/director Alexey Mizgirev's interest in creaking floorboards,...

  • This dialogue-free French/Japanese animated fable -- a low-key adventure about an unnamed shipwrecked beardo who falls in love with nature -- might serve as a potent antidote for post-Election depression. The legion of animators, led by Hayao...

  • Formulaic survival-horror flick Desierto, which pits a racist gringo against a group of Mexican border crossers, is only superficially different from other slasher films. Xenophobic American hunter Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) follows in...

  • Winningly over-the-top Korean gangster drama Asura: The City of Madness is what you'd get if you combined The Wire with a really good soap opera. It concerns a city plagued by corrupt politicians, bullying lawyers and crooked cops,...

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