Erica Abeel

Erica Abeel writes film features and reviews for, Filmmaker Magazine,, and Film Journal. She is the author of five books, including the novel, Women Like Us, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Her newest novel, Conscience Point, was published in fall 2008.


Articles by Erica Abeel


CHAPPAQUIDDICK — Review by Erica Abeel

A riveting recreation of the famous accident that quashed Ted Kennedy’s presidential bid and the cover-up by his political fixers, anchored by Jason Clarke’s perfectly pitched portrayal of a flawed man. Continue reading…

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FINAL PORTRAIT — Review by Erica Abeel

Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) paints a portrait of his friend James Lord (Armie Hammer) in a sterile exercise about the artist’s quest for perfection. The main takeaway from this drama-free film helmed by Stanley Tucci is that Hammer is in need of a new agent. Continue reading…

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DOUBLE LOVER — Review by Erica Abeel

François Ozon’s Double Lover, a departure from his restrained World War I-set Frantz, is an erotic psychological thriller about a onetime model in therapy who ends up with two lovers—who happen to be twins. Double Lover‘s mix of kink, suspense and technical control initially promises a return to such riveting mind-benders as Swimming Pool. Sadly, though, this film, loosely based on a short story by Joyce Carol Oates, also trafficks in exploitative images of women in the guise of art-film license…Continue reading…

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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – Review by Erica Abeel

Far from the Madding Crowd, a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s beloved classic, works its magic on multiple fronts. Helmed by Danish Thomas Vinterberg, it’s one of those escapist movies with a great romantic sweep, set among the lime-green hills of Dorset (which Hardy famously named Wessex). By exalting such old-school values as steadfastness and goodness, it offers the perfect antidote to the prevailing cynicism. Read more…

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WHILE WE WERE YOUNG – Review by Erica Abeel

while we were youngIn his delicious new outing, Noah Baumbach expands on the issues that bedeviled Ben Stiller as the eponymous protagonist of Greenberg. Once again he taps Stiller to play a malcontent artist and thwarted achiever who, through bad timing, bad luck, cluelessness—or a combo thereof—has fallen far short of his own expectations. Read more…

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