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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  • The decision to cast -- and keep the camera pointed at -- magnetic leading man Vincent
    Cassel is the most novel aspect of the otherwise staid French biopic Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti.
    It’s a Lust for Life-like period...

  • 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'...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • The unexpectedly impressive nature documentary Pandas is so visually dynamic that even the most pedantic (think Neil deGrasse Tyson-level) skeptics will probably not mind listening to narrator Kristen Bell -- speaking for...

  • There doesn't seem to be a romantic-comedy cliche missing from the bland French domestic Back to Burgundy, a wholly contrived post-adolescent coming-of-age yarn about broody thirty-something Jean (Pio Marmai) and his mojo-reviving trip...

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