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, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

Latest Stories

  • 12 days ago | Film and TV

    Patrick Warburton is that rare voice actor who looks like he sounds. His imposing, muscular physique complements his deep basso voice, but his warm tone gives a touch of soul to his many memorable performances as lunkheaded alpha males. Quite like...

  • Stone-faced martial-arts star Donnie Yen does a lot with a little in wuxia weepy Ip Man 3, the rare kung fu film whose stripped-down action sequences are just as good as its sentimental dialogue scenes. The title character -- a...

  • 1 month ago | Film and TV

    One of our most enduring cinematic genres, horror is also among the most difficult to do right. This may sound obvious — countless attempts are made to scare moviegoers every year, whether in theaters or, increasingly, streaming online — but it's ...

  • Nobody looks good in C-grade spy thriller Extraction, partly because the lighting in most scenes is either distractingly low or naturally overexposed. You can actually see what's going on during the best action set pieces, particularly an...

  • At one point during fluffy documentary character study He Named Me Malala, an anonymous Pakistani civilian accuses seventeen-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai of being an unthinking mouthpiece for her diplomat father, Ziauddin: "I think...

  • WWII spy thriller Shanghai hasn't aged well in the five years it has languished unreleased by U.S. distributors the Weinstein Company. But its problems aren't new. Director Mikael Håfström (Escape Plan, 1408) does nothing...

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