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A laptop and a cup of tea lay against a dark gray blanket. On the laptop screen is a picture of a boy riding a bike in a forest.

Off the Radar: ‘The Kid With a Bike’ tackles the violent consequences of abandonment

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “The Kid With a Bike” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Sep 30, 2022

“The Kid with a Bike” (2011) is a gripping and painfully honest entry to the coming-of-age genre. Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne present childhood through a lens of...

An illustration of two Black women side by side and surrounded with a dim purple light. The woman on the left is dressed in a purple jacket. The woman on the right is dressed in a pink jacket.

Review: The deafening silence of ‘The Silent Twins’

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s third feature film uniquely tells a new story of famous twins Jennifer and June Gibbons. “The Silent Twins” is currently playing in many theaters across New York City.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer Sep 30, 2022

Making her debut in English language film, Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska presents viewers with the visually mesmerizing and transportive "The Silent Twins." While Smoczynska...

Lau Kin Ming, played by Andy Lau, and Chan Wing Yan, played by Tony Leung, stand off in a gun duel while standing on top of a skyscraper near Victoria Bay in Hong Kong. Both are dressed in black suits.

Review: ‘Infernal Affairs’ trilogy restoration reinvigorates a Hong Kong classic

Even two decades later, Janus Films’ restoration of the iconic “Infernal Affairs” trilogy reminds audiences that its messages are pertinent more than ever.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Sep 28, 2022

“Infernal Affairs” (2002) directors Alan Mak and Andrew Lau use gang wars, police surveillance and political history to examine identity crises in the new millennium. Beneath...

Four female characters dressed in colorful party outfits covered in blood and dirt look forward, terrified.

To critics of ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’: Let movies be stupid again, please

Described as “Euphoria With Knives” by New York Times critic Lena Wilson, Halina Reijn’s spirited Gen Z slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies” garnered some negative first impressions from viewers who either didn’t realize it was satire or hate fun.
Lorena Campes, Deputy Under The Arch Editor Sep 27, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers for “Bodies Bodies Bodies.” In a laughably ironic display of a writer entirely missing the point, New York Times critic Lena...

A monochromatic photograph of a prison cell. Light comes through the iron bar on the top right. A male prisoner and a female officer smoking a cigarette stand together on the left.

‘Better Call Saul’ is one of the greatest television series of the last decade

Despite being pit against the sky-high expectations following ‘Breaking Bad’, its prequel, ‘Better Call Saul’, has undoubtedly made its mark as one of the best TV series of the 2010s.
Yezen Saadah, Staff Writer Sep 26, 2022

When it was first announced that there would be a prequel to “Breaking Bad” — one of the most acclaimed TV series of the 21st century — people were naturally skeptical....

Professor Jack Gladney, played by Adam Driver, stands with his family. Their facial expressions are anxious and worried.

WSN’s guide to the 60th New York Film Festival

In anticipation of this year’s New York Film Festival, WSN put together a list of must-see movies being premiered that you will want to secure tickets for before they sell out.
Stephanie Wong, Film & TV Editor Sep 23, 2022

This year's New York Film Festival, running from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. One of the longest-running film festivals in the United States,...

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Off the Radar: ‘Ruined Heart’ rides out the high and lows of love to a medley of moving melodies

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal & a Whore” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor Sep 22, 2022

“Ruined Heart,” or “Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal & a Whore,” embodies its title wholeheartedly. For one, its lovelornness is evident from the...

Black-and-white illustration of director Jean Luc-Goddard holds film in his hand while smoking a cigarette.

Remembering Godard: Formal innovator and revolutionary poet

In a career that spanned over sixty years of film history, Jean-Luc Godard revolutionized the art innumerable times. In light of his sudden passing, WSN revisits his life’s work and the indelible imprint he left on cinema.
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor Sep 21, 2022

In the week since his sudden passing, much has been done to remember French Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. As critics worldwide pay him tribute, amateur archivists resurrect...

An icon of the Emmy Award is on the left with a black-and-white New York University logo on the right.

4 NYU alumni take home 2022 Emmys

As seen in the results of the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, NYU’s significant impact across the entertainment industry makes itself evident once again.
Stephanie Wong, Film & TV Editor Sep 20, 2022

Four NYU alumni and Lorne Michaels, a member of the Dean’s Council of the Tisch School of the Arts, an advisory group comprised of professionals in the arts and entertainment...

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Film Forum restores iconic François Truffaut anthology

Modeled on Truffaut’s own life, the series returns to the big screen in new 4K restorations.
Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer Sep 20, 2022

With the recent passing of Jean-Luc Godard on Sept. 13, fewer and fewer members of the French New Wave live to tell its story. Thankfully, as the movement ages, Film Forum brings...

Aurélien Gabrielli, who plays Labidi El Morchedi, and Léon Cunha Da Costa, who plays Aleksei Kouyenski, sit on a grassy hill dressed in winter outfits smoking a cigarette in a still from “The World After Us.”

Review: ‘The World After Us’ is a charming modern ode to French New Wave cinema

Screened among other independent French films at this year’s Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers festival “The World After Us” tells the classic story of a struggling young writer in his pursuit for love.
Caitlyn McConnell, Staff Writer Sep 20, 2022

New Yorkers will be able to dip into the immersive world of French cinema from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25 at a festival hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française. Within FIAF,...

Markella Kavenagh who plays Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot, Sara Zwangobani who plays Marigold Brandyfoot, Dylan Smith who plays Largo Brandyfoot and Megan Richards who plays Poppy Proudfellow pose in front of a forest background.

Review: ‘The Rings of Power’ premiere shows promise, despite a shaky start

Now available to stream on Amazon Prime, “The Lord of the Rings” prequel series will explore the creation of the One Ring.
Ferris Elaraby, Contributing Writer Sep 19, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article may include spoilers for “The Rings of Power.” If Amazon’s newly released TV show “The Rings of Power” aims to break the mold of Peter...