Unpopular Opinions: Children’s Book Series

If you weren’t already aware, “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” is coming out this week. Since it’s based on the popular children’s book series, the Arts Desk is taking a look at some...

In ‘3 Faces,’ a Quietly Radical Portrait of Iran

“3 Faces” begins with a girl’s iPhone confessional — her voice is shaking, as is her grip. Aspiring actress Marziyeh Rezaei (playing herself) has been accepted to the drama conservatory in Tehran, but finds...

‘Out of Blue’ Hides Its Messy Narrative Behind Impressive Atmosphere

I spent more time trying to make up my mind on how I felt about “Ocean Blue” than I spent actually watching the film. The Carol Morley-directed flick is an adaptation of the Martin...

‘Climax’ Pushes the Limits of Human Nature

The best nights are the ones that come unexpectedly — last-minute debauchery that catapults you into the adventure-filled and wondrous unknown. In “Climax,” French director and master of contemporary psychedelic cinema Gaspar Noé hosts...

Children Navigate Dark Themes in ‘Five Easy Pieces’

At the junction of childhood, trauma, post-colonialism, political murder and theater is Milo Rau’s “Five Easy Pieces.” The title is projected onto a cloud-filled screen at the play’s opening as child actress Eva Luna...

NYU Professor’s ‘NYLON’ Makes a Complex Plot Work

Nylon is a polymer plastic. It’s a long and durable molecule notable for its ability to hold things together, used in products like ropes, stockings and parachutes. In the new play “NYLON,” currently running...

Fortnite’s Music Releases Can’t Replace Traditional Methods

Before Weezer’s latest self-titled album — referred to as the “Black Album” — released in stores on March 1, there was only one platform to preview several of its songs. It wasn’t Apple Music...

Five Books by and About Women for International Women’s Day

Beyond the Bechdel Test, I’ve found that my standards for gender equality in books are basically nonexistent. In honor of International Women’s Day, here are five refreshing books, written by women from different eras,...

‘Fiercely Independent’ Successfully Tackles Marital Ennui

Hotel rooms seem out of touch with reality; unhitched from the particularities of home and insulated from the rest of the world, they occupy some other plane of existence. It is a space onto...

Staff Recs: Workout Albums

Despite the recent snow day, we are finally approaching spring, meaning that NYU students can no longer cite the weather as an excuse to avoid the gym. Here are the Arts Desk’s recommendations for...

A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: March 7 to 10

This weekend is the famed Armory Show, a four-day modern and contemporary art fair in Hell’s Kitchen. The fine art extravaganza has inspired a full week of fairs and exhibitions across the city, and...

Unpopular Opinions: Remakes and Reboots

From “A Star Is Born” to the upcoming live-action “The Lion King,” remakes and reboots have been mainstays in Hollywood for decades. Though it is easy to immediately discredit a retelling as unoriginal or...
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