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The world is full of critics and people wanting to shut you out. That’s all the more reason to make your art. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Dear Artist: Risks have rewards

In a world filled with criticism, some artists feel pressured to conform to what is considered mainstream. However, now is the time for artists to reclaim what is truly theirs: art itself.
Sasha Cohen, Arts Editor August 30, 2021

Let’s face it: people are insecure. Between balancing the desire for social acceptance and putting forth our most authentic selves, we feel as if every decision we make puts...

“Six Moral Tales,” a series of films directed by Eric Rohmer, aim to dismantle the male ego and morality in order to reveal basic behavioral patterns. Eric Rohmers films are currently available to stream via Kanopy and Criterion Channel. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Itch on the Edge of Respectability: Deconstructing the Ambiguity of Rohmer’s ‘Six Moral Tales’

Nearly 60 years after the release of 'Six Moral Tales,' Rohmer's disassembly of the male ego is still relevant. His films are currently available to stream via Kanopy and Criterion Channel.
Quan Zhang, Contributing Writer May 6, 2021

What are we talking about when we talk about morality? Merriam-Webster, for one, defines morality as “conformity to ideals of right human conduct.” French film director Eric...

Former Bethesda lead artist Nathan Purkeypile spoke to WSN on working on “Skyrim” and the “Fallout” series. With over 14 years of experience, Purkeypile has a long established a name for himself. (Image courtesy of Nathan Purkeypile)

Former Bethesda lead artist discusses working on ‘Skyrim’ and the ‘Fallout’ series

Having worked at the studio for over 14 years, Nate Purkeypile reflects on his time designing some of the most beloved RPGs of all time.
Nathan Chizen, Video Games Editor April 29, 2021
Having worked at the studio for over 14 years, Nate Purkeypile reflects on his time designing some of the most beloved RPGs of all time.
Protagonist Aida works as a translator for the UN during the tragedy of the Bosnian War. Oscar-nominated “Quo Vadis, Aida?” features the horrific story of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. (Image courtesy of NEON Productions)

‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ review: An unforgettable look at a forgotten part of history

Oscar Nominated “Quo Vadis, Aida?” allows the world to remember a horrific event that has been looked over for decades.
Victoria Carchietta, Staff Writer April 29, 2021
Oscar-nominated “Quo Vadis, Aida?” urges the world to remember a horrific event that has been overlooked for decades.
Wim Wenders’ directorial debut, “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick,” is finally free to all via the Museum of Modern Art and Film at Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films festival. Based on a novel of the same name by Nobel laureate Peter Handke, this movie is a distinct investigation into a German generation consumed by a condition of aimlessness. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

‘The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick’ review: A languid look at aimlessness

This long-lost directorial debut by German director Wim Wenders about alienation in post-war Germany is playing for free as part of the 50th edition of the New Directors/New Films festival.
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor April 22, 2021

After decades of being inaccessible to cinephiles due to its rarity, Wim Wenders’ directorial debut, “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick,” is finally free to all...

Another Round takes place in Copenhagen, where the town’s youth partake in chaotic drinking games to offset the stress of their exams. This sets the stage for the prevalence of drinking culture in the film. The main character, Martin, is a depressed and unsatisfied school teacher who decides to test out a theory that humans are born with a blood alcohol content that’s too low and drinking actually helps people reach their full potential, both professionally and emotionally. (Images by Sophia Di Iorio, Debbie Alalaide. Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

‘Another Round’ review: An intoxicating film about drinking to find meaning

Thomas Vinterberg untangles the complexities of substance abuse with a tale of four friends who engage in binge-drinking to break away from the monotony of everyday life. The Academy Award Nominated film is currently playing on Hulu.
Sophia Carr, Staff Writer April 22, 2021

Abusing substances to feel better about your life is never a good idea. Four men attempt to test if this presumption is actually true in the Danish Academy Award-nominated movie,...

A collection of weird Tom and Jerry knock-offs licensed under Creative Commons. How they make you feel is exactly like the way the newest live-action of the duo would: disappointed. (Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

‘Tom and Jerry’ review: A lifeless attempt at updating the classic tale of cat and mouse

The visually unappealing and narratively boring “Tom and Jerry” lacks humor and creativity.
Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer April 1, 2021

“Tom and Jerry,” a feckless live-action/animation hybrid directed by Tim Story, tries to update the classic Tom versus Jerry tale but sadly loses sight of its source material...

Florian Zeller’s debut feature film “The Father” follows a man named Anthony, an Alzheimer’s patient whose mind gradually deteriorates as the film progresses. The film concluded with a tearful finale, spiraling into utter disorientation. (Illustration by Charlie Dodge)

Forgotten memories remain alive in ‘The Father’

Florian Zeller’s debut feature is a poignant, inventive portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease.
Nathan Hughes, Contributing Writer April 1, 2021

My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. I have seen how complicated Alzheimer’s is as a disease, often worse for the family than it is for the patient. While...

The Moscow Rules is a 2019 novel about the Cold War written by Antonio and Jonna Mendez, two of the most decorated CIA officers. Through their command of language and compelling narratives, Jonna and Tony Mendez capture the innovation of CIA operations that occurred at the core of America’s adversary. (Staff Photo by Nicole Chiarella)

‘The Moscow Rules’: A Subtle and Declassified Account of the CIA

Written by two decorated CIA officers, “The Moscow Rules” provides insight into the tactics carried out by the CIA during the Cold War.
Nicole Chiarella , Deputy Copy Chief April 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: The facts presented in “The Moscow Rules” were not independently verified by WSN. The following is a review of the book as it is presented. In the chaos...

For their latest show, NYU Lamplighters is putting on a production of Beauty and the Beast on November 8th and 9th. (Via NYU Lamplighters)

NYU Lamplighters Lights the Way for Children’s Theater

The members of the student-run club share their passion for theater through free performances for children of all ages.
Dani Herrera, Staff Writer October 21, 2019

While student theater groups abound at NYU, only one group caters specifically to young audiences. This group calls itself NYU Lamplighters. According to Emily Carpenter, Gallatin...

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‘Elite’ Season Two Explores the Secret Lives of Spanish Prep School Students With New Twist

"Elite’s" eagerly anticipated second season is a suspenseful and shocking teen drama that reverses audience expectations. In the fictional Las Encinas High School, everyone is hiding something.
Alyssa Craig, Contributing Writer September 20, 2019

The cliffhanger in the season one finale of “Elite” left fans with many questions. Namely, how will a show that spent the whole season building up to a murder retain the same...

Colleen Ballinger,who  starred in “Waitress”, just had her final show of Broadway run. (Via Twitter)

Miranda Sings on Broadway! Colleen Ballinger Wraps Up Broadway Debut in “Waitress”

Colleen Ballinger, most famously known as Miranda Sings, just ended her limited four-week engagement run as Dawn in “Waitress.”
Liv Rocklin, Contributing Writer September 19, 2019

Earlier this summer, it was announced that “Waitress” on Broadway will have its closing performance on January 5, 2020. This will mark an almost four-year run at the Brooks...