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A red mug and a laptop are placed on a purple background. On the screen of the laptop is a woman wearing a green jacket and a pair of sunglasses driving a yellow car through the mountains.

Off the Radar: The surprising tenderness of Jacques Tati’s ‘Trafic’

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Trafic” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Ethan Beck, Staff Writer Feb 23, 2024

Jacques Tati, the French filmmaker behind visually dazzling comedies like 1958’s  “Mon Oncle” and the 1967 “PlayTime,” began his career in entertainment as a mime, performing...

Four women looking scared on a subway platform. One of them is holding a skateboard.

Review: ‘Madame Web’ is somehow worse than you thought

He was in the Amazon with her mom when she was researching spiders right before she died, and I was asleep in my seat. Also, the line wasn’t even in the movie.
Holden Lay, Staff Writer Feb 23, 2024

“Madame Web” is an indefensibly bad film. Such poorly made and agonizingly dull schlock can only be the result of a complete lack of inspiration. “Madame Web” is the...

A man in a black suit standing in front of a large window with panels and a blue wall.

Review: Declan McKenna’s ‘What Happened to the Beach?’ is a wonderfully weird exploration of music

Singer-songwriter Declan McKenna transitions from indie-pop to a more psychedelic sound with the release of his new album, “What Happened to the Beach?”
Skylar Boilard, Contributing Writer Feb 22, 2024

English singer-songwriter Declan McKenna released his third studio album “What Happened to the Beach?” on Feb. 9, marking the artist’s first album in four years. The record...

Two mannequins in front of a wall that says “ANNA WINTOUR COSTUME CENTER” and “WOMEN DRESSING WOMEN.” One mannequin wears a white dress and one wears a black dress.

Review: The Met’s ‘Women Dressing Women’ is a feminist approach to analyzing fashion history

The Costume Institute’s fall 2023 exhibition honors the legacy of women working in fashion from 1900 through today.
Alexa Donovan, Deputy Arts Editor Feb 22, 2024

A man with dreads plays the guitar while singing into a microphone.

Review: ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ is only pleasing to the ear

While the recently released biopic recreates some of the magic from Bob Marley’s music, it fails to thoughtfully explore the reggae superstar’s legacy.
Tony Jaeyeong Jeong, Staff Writer Feb 22, 2024

Renowned Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley was a multidimensional cultural icon. Dubbed the “King of Reggae,” he was a pioneer in the Reggae music scene who constantly...

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‘Desert + Coast’ is a vivid showcase of women’s contributions to Aboriginal culture

This exhibition represents the contemporary art practices of senior Indigenous Australian women painters and their connection to autonomy, culture and homeland. It is on view until Feb. 24.
Leila Anderson, Contributing Writer Feb 21, 2024

The collective art exhibition “Desert + Coast: Seven Elder Aboriginal Painters” displays and challenges women’s contributions to Indigenous art. The paintings depict Aboriginal...

An illustration of a white book cover with colorful squares and a person putting socks on. “GOOD MATERIAL” and “DOLLY ALDERTON” are written in the colorful squares.

Review: Dolly Alderton’s ‘Good Material’ turns heartbreak into comedy

The bestselling “Everything I Know About Love” author adds clever twists to the romantic comedy by exploring 30-something life, the male psyche and romantic failure.
Lulu Chatterjee, Contributing Writer Feb 21, 2024

Author Dolly Alderton is no stranger to spinning life’s misfortunes into comedic gold, and her newest novel, “Good Material,” — released at the end of January — is a...

A front entrance with the text “Electric Lady Studios” written in a retro white font on two reflective walls.

‘An exploitative environment’: The interns behind Electric Lady Studios

Julia Diorio, Music Editor Feb 20, 2024
Student interns expecting to gain hands-on experience in the music industry told WSN they were made to do janitorial and administrative work at the renowned recording studio.
An illustration of the “Poor Things” protagonist, Bella Baxter, with a light purple film strip in the background. Bella is cut into pieces, with her brain outside of her body, and is running.

‘Poor Things’ argues to be human is to be monstrous

Subverting genre and reflecting the classics prior, “Poor Things” proposes what a modern monster movie should look like.
Liv Steinhardt, Contributing Writer Feb 16, 2024

In the popular discourse regarding “Poor Things,” audiences have repeatedly tried to categorize this label-rejecting film. A quick Google search finds “Poor Things” labeled...

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Off the Radar: Feminism, race and gender in ‘The Big City’

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “The Big City” is available to stream on Kanopy and Max.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy Managing Editor Feb 16, 2024

The conflict between the old and new is a recurring theme in most, if not all, of Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s films. Since the start of his filmography with the 1955 classic...

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Review: ‘In Loving Memory’ explores the veteran experience through photography

NYU’s Gallatin Galleries is currently showcasing Brooklyn-based artist Khidr Joseph’s solo exhibition that highlights his grandfather’s experiences in the Vietnam War.
Eleanor Jacobs, Staff Writer Feb 15, 2024

Brooklyn-based street artist Khidr Joseph’s photograph “Family Heirloom” depicts an extended hand with a military dog tag hanging from its fingers. The large scale and intense...

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Review: ‘How to Have Sex’ is not a tutorial, sadly

Molly Manning Walker’s directorial debut is a raw examination of our youth’s troubling sexual culture.
Stephanie Wong, Arts Editor Feb 14, 2024

Content warning: This article contains discussions of sexual assault. Asking your friends if they’d want to come see “How to Have Sex” with you is a surefire way to get...

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