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Actress Joséphine Sanz wears a green sweater and a white turtleneck and holds a measuring cup with flour. Next to her, actress Gabrielle Sanz wears a green-and-blue sweater under overalls and holds a wooden spoon.

Review: ‘Petite Maman,’ a monumental miniature of magical moviemaking

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” director Céline Sciamma’s latest effort indulges the act of seeing life through a child’s eyes. “Petite Maman” opens in select cinemas across New York City on April 22. 
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor April 21, 2022

After the success of Queer Palm winner “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, Céline Sciamma returns to the silver screen with an...

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The resurrection of Kim’s Video

The Alamo Drafthouse revival of the iconic Kim’s Video reestablishes video rental stores in New York.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer April 21, 2022

Kim’s Video reopened inside the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center on March 30. The famous video and music rental store quickly became a...

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Staff Recs: Crunchin’ the munchies

The Arts Desk recommends the best movies and music for dozing off into high heaven as you celebrate 4/20.

It’s twenty past four and you need something to do after toking and coughing on a spliff or devouring a brownie whose chemical makeup is a broken ratio of three parts cannabis,...

A shirtless man wearing blue shorts lays down on a bed with beige sheets. Below him, lying on a gray carpet is a girl wearing a beige shirt and blue jeans next to a window with gray curtains.

Review: ‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’ explores the beauty of fate

‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,’ currently on view at Film Forum in the West Village, circles the ups and downs of love’s tumultuousness. 
Stephanie Wong, Staff Writer April 19, 2022

“Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” is a patient, thoughtful rumination on the complexities and oddities of love and intimacy. Playing for a week at Film Forum in the West Village,...

Actor Taika Waititi has black and gray hair, a long beard and a black jacket. His left hand is holding actor Rhys Darby by the neck. Darby has blonde hair and has his mouth opened in a panicked expression.

Review: ‘Our Flag Means Death’ revives piracy with a queer twist

The HBO Max show combines romantic comedy and historical drama to create absurd shenanigans and campy gore that are sure to entertain.
Sunny Sequeira, UTA Staff Editor April 18, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article includes spoilers for “Our Flag Means Death.” Pirates most often evoke images of skulls, swords and scurvy. Rarely are impassioned singers,...

Demetrius Williams (Denzel Washington) and Mina (Sarita Choudhury) cuddling, naked, in a white bed.

‘Mississippi Masala’ explores mixed-race relationships and the feeling of home

The recently restored ‘Mississippi Masala’ showcases director Mira Nair’s progressive depictions of different diasporas on film.
Indranil Basu, Contributing Writer April 15, 2022

The new 4K digital restoration of “Mississippi Masala,” undertaken by the Criterion Collection and supervised by director Mira Nair and cinematographer Edward Lachman, will...

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Off the Radar: ‘Blue’ is 79 minutes of a single color addressing the injustices of the AIDS crisis

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Blue” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor April 15, 2022

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Review: ‘You Won’t Be Alone’ meditates on the simultaneous universality and individuality of the human experience

Goran Stolevski’s “You Won’t Be Alone” (2022), a fantasy film set in rural 19th century Macedonia, tells the story of a witch who learns to navigate the world in a human body.
Lorena Campes, Staff Writer April 13, 2022

Content warning: This article mentions abuse and sexual assault.  Filmmaking and movie-watching have evolved into collective processes and experiences. When it comes to international...

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Review: David Lynch embraces the digital age in ‘Inland Empire’

Newly restored by Janus Films, Lynch’s MiniDV masterpiece begins screening at IFC Center on April 8.
Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer April 12, 2022

A since-deleted tweet the other day joked about how filmmakers such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino are hacks because they only shoot film as a crutch to make their...

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Review: ‘Apollo 10 ½’ is a relaxing coming-of-age sci-fi film

Quietly released on Netflix, Richard Linklater’s latest film uses animation to capture the wonder of childhood.
Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer April 11, 2022

Richard Linklater’s films have always been less about the plot and more about the details. From his work on “Dazed and Confused” to “The Before Trilogy,” Linklater is...

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NYU’s Fusion Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary

NYU’s Fusion Film Festival marks 20 years of featuring the artistic achievements of women and nonbinary artists working in television, film and new media industries.
Pranava Kumar, Contributing Writer April 11, 2022

Fusion Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this week, and it was remarkable. The annual festival, run by Film & TV professor Susan Sandler and other Tisch students...

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Off the Radar: ‘Funeral Parade of Roses,’ a surreal peek into the psyche of a Japanese subversive

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Funeral Parade of Roses” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Amira Aboudallah, Contributing Writer April 8, 2022

A woozy, nonlinear combination of experimental and documentary-style filmmaking, Toshio Matsumoto’s “Funeral Parade of Roses” (1969) is an exploration of the underground...