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Abbey Bender


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Past articles by Abbey:

The Comic-Book Movie Peaked 30 Years Ago, When "Dick Tracy" Came Out

Based on the famous comic strips from the 1930s, "Dick Tracy" was released in 1990. Starring Warren Beatty, the movie is uncommonly stylish and original. → Read More

‘To Die For’ Presents A Nightmare Version Of Toxic Femininity

Nicole Kidman doesn't just lean in. She lunges. → Read More

The Weird, Disgusting Art of the Toilet Power Meeting

LBJ, Manchester United's greatest manger, Amazon executives and other men of power really like taking meetings in the bathroom. But why? → Read More

Defining the Cinematic Language of Intimacy: Adina Pintilie on 'Touch Me Not'

"When I was I was 20 years old, I thought I knew how things went." → Read More

How Sophia Takal Became Blumhouse's First Female Director

In 'New Year, New You,' an all-female cast experiences extreme tension in close quarters. → Read More

'Clearly Journalism Wasn't Going to Work': Sacha Gervasi’s on 'My Dinner with Hervé'

This HBO presentation that casts Peter Dinklage as 'Fantasy Island' star Hervé Villechaize is no ordinary biopic. → Read More

Clever Structure and a Good Villain Can’t Save the Generic Horror Flick “Dead Night”

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.... → Read More

Even Vivienne Westwood Found Her Namesake Documentary Mediocre

“I can’t be bothered with them,” Vivienne Westwood says when asked about the Sex Pistols early in Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist. While well known for... → Read More

Mansfield 66/67 review – Jayne Mansfield and Satanism... what a combo!

Jayne Mansfield’s love affair with the head of the Church of Satan is the focus of this compelling Hollywood documentary. → Read More

“Everything Else” Is an Unrelenting Portrait of Existential Despair

Watching Everything Else is a suffocating experience, but that’s entirely by design. Natalia Almada’s portrait of an enigmatic and lonely woman, undeniably reminiscent of Chantal... → Read More

“Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to Be Free” Offers an Engaging Look at a Bold, Feminist Figure

Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to Be Free is an awkward mouthful of a title, but this biographical study of a trailblazing nineteenth-century intellectual offers a worthwhile... → Read More

Nobody Saves Jazz in the Atmospheric, If Slight, “Flock of Four”

Flock of Four is a warm if ultimately slight portrait of a group of jazz aficionado friends on a single late-Fifties California night. Gregory Caruso’s... → Read More

In William Klein’s Fashion Films, Humor and Critique Clash Playfully

William Klein’s Mode in France, a 1984 frolic through the world of contemporary fashion, opens with designers taking bows at their fashion shows as extravagantly... → Read More

How Inclusion Riders Could Help Fix Hollywood's Diversity Problem

Frances McDormand gave inclusion riders a shoutout in her Oscars acceptance speech—here's how the contract requirements help ensure racial and gender diversity. → Read More

Outfit Repeater Tiffany Haddish Will Forever Be Best Dressed

The breakout star's Alexander McQueen dress may look familiar. → Read More

Isabelle Huppert Revives Her Pop Singing Career in “Souvenir”

The actress can express more with a cocked eyebrow or a smirk than many others can with words → Read More

In the Quad Cinema’s Series of Erotic Thrillers, Women Do as They Damn Well Please

Theresa Russell takes down a roster of wealthy men in "Black Widow." 20th Century Fox/courtesy Everett Collection “A complex series of seductions and murders — that’s not something you see a woman do.” This line, spoken early (by a man, of course)in Bob Rafelson’s Black Widow (1987) — which features Theresa Russell as a beautiful psychopath who marries wealthy magnates only to poison them — sets… → Read More

An Alamo Drafthouse Series Assembles the Delights and Depravities of ‘Fashion in Film’

The fashion industry, simultaneously glamorous and cutthroat, naturally lends itself to onscreen intrigue: There’s a distinct pleasure to be had in watching characters wear opulent... → Read More

'Fatal Instinct' Is Still a Funny Swipe at Erotic Thrillers' Dumb Sexiness

Carl Reiner's 1993 parody still holds up, even when erotic thrillers don't. → Read More

Why I love Jayne Mansfield’s performance in The Girl Can’t Help It

She exudes sassy femininity in this classic musical comedy. → Read More