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Review: ‘The Menu’ feasts upon the wealthy, our finest fear

The new film starring Anya-Taylor Joy and Ralph Fiennes offers a biting plate of class satire, served with a helping of pitch-black comedy and a dash of thrills.
Ekene Onukogu, Contributing Writer Dec 15, 2022

Content warning: This article contains spoilers and descriptions of suicide. Director Mark Mylod — whose past work includes episodes of HBO’s “Succession” and “Game...

An elderly man looks down at his watch in front of a beige building. He is wearing a black derby with an indigo striped suit, a pink shirt and a purple patterned tie. He is also holding a light brown wooden cane in his right hand.

Review: ‘Living’ is a remarkably pointless rendition of an all-time classic

“Living,” the British remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Ikiru,” excels in being just that, but unfortunately offers nothing new. 
Yezen Saadah, Deputy News Editor Dec 15, 2022

South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus’ latest film, “Living,” is a British adaptation of the 1952 masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa, “Ikiru.” It is a story about Mr. Williams...

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‘Pollock & Pollock’: American labor history through abstract expressionism

The unconventional documentary, depicting the Pollock brothers’ complicated relationship with the political legacy of abstract expressionism, is currently streaming on Ovid.tv.
Natasha Roy, Contributing Writer Dec 15, 2022

Abstract expressionism retains its purchase in contemporary discourse due in large part to its role in American cultural policy. During the Cold War, it was the favored aesthetic...

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‘Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio,’ a look at the stop-motion behind Netflix’s new adaptation

Following the release of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio,” the Museum of Modern Art has staged an exhibition composed of the film’s sets, puppets and other behind-the-scenes looks.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy News Editor Dec 14, 2022

From Dec. 11 through April 15, the Museum of Modern Art will be displaying “Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio,” a remarkable exhibition detailing the behind-the-scenes...

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Review: ‘Memories of My Father’: An unmemorable story about the forgotten

This drama film celebrates the story of an ordinary father who fights to help his family and the people of Colombia.
Justin Martinez, Contributing Writer Dec 13, 2022

The English title of the new film by Spanish director Fernando Trueba is “Memories of My Father,” but the better title for it is the original Spanish one, “El olvido que...

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Review: Stop-motion animation in ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ emotionally captures life’s transience

Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s adaptation of the classic fairytale reaffirms why animation matters with a profound, heartful and incredibly moving narrative. The film is now playing at the IFC Center and available to stream on Netflix.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy News Editor Dec 12, 2022

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” is one of the most prolific animated films since 2014’s “The Lego Movie.” Directors Mark Gustafson — who is best known for his work...

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Review: ‘Tantura’ ambitiously examines the Israeli massacre of a Palestinian village

Alon Schwarz confronts Israeli denial of the 1948 massacre of Palestinian villages in his new chilling and revealing documentary. “Tantura” is currently playing at the IFC Center. 
Yezen Saadah, Deputy News Editor Dec 12, 2022

Filmmaker Alon Schwarz’s newest documentary, “Tantura,” examines the Israeli massacre of the Palestinian village of Tantura during the 1948 Nakba, or “catastrophe” in...

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Celebration of Black cinema and civil rights in America: ‘Malcolm X’ turns 30

Three decades ago since its release, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted a screening for Spike Lee’s “Malcom X” to commemorate the legacy of the film and the enduring memory of the civil rights activist. 
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Dec 9, 2022

Over one thousand New Yorkers gathered at the opulent Howard Gilman Opera House to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X”  biopic on Nov. 22. The Brooklyn...

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Review: ‘Closed Circuit’ fails to examine human condition through its provocative filmmaking

Tal Inbar’s “Closed Circuit,” an international selection at DOC NYC, undermines cinema’s humanist value in exploiting trauma for insincerity and shock value.
Yezen Saadah, Deputy News Editor Dec 7, 2022

Tal Inbar’s “Closed Circuit” is about as disingenuous as a documentary can be. This isn’t because of its subject matter or lack of atmosphere, but rather its excessively...

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LA-based ‘Dances with Films’ festival hits the East Coast

The 26th annual “Dances with Films” festival debuted for the first time on the East Coast from Dec. 1 to 4 at Regal Union Square.
Safia Ahmad, Contributing Writer Dec 5, 2022

The “Dances with Films” festival, a beloved Los Angeles indie film festival, celebrated its 26th anniversary by screening never-before-seen projects on the East Coast. While...

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Off the Radar: ‘Manila in the Claws of Light’ dissects a city under the pressure of tyranny

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Manila in the Claws of Light” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Dec 2, 2022

“Manila in the Claws of Light” takes viewers on a tragic cinematic odyssey. Director Lino Brocka’s masterpiece is a visceral indictment of the moral corruption, economic...

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Review: ‘Nanny’ offers a refreshing take on the worker-immigrant experience

Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, NYU alum Nikyatu Jusu’s debut feature takes a new approach to portraying the immigrant experience. The film is playing in select theaters and will be made available for streaming on Amazon Prime starting on Dec. 16.
Madeline Kane, Staff Writer Nov 30, 2022

In American pop culture, the immigrant experience is typically portrayed with shaky camera movements, dull and colorless settings, and people who are physically, emotionally and...