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NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

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

By 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, “Another Round” (whose...

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‘Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar’ review: the glory in being gaudy

By Isabella Armus, Contributing Writer April 21, 2021

Embracing the absurd isn't a new concept to comedy power duo Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig — it's a lifestyle. They've been frequent collaborators since their days in the Groundlings improv troupe. Now,...

‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ is an engrossing portrait of a community

By Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

Nowadays, most people associate documentaries with true crime Netflix originals — “Tiger King” was the first notable piece of quarantine media. Noting the success of the genre, streaming platforms...

Tina Turner is the star of Martin and Lindsay's new documentary

‘TINA’ review: transforming trauma into triumph

By Sophia Carr, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

Before watching this film, I thought of Tina Turner’s hits, her commanding stage presence, and the domestic abuse she suffered by her former husband, band member and manager Ike Turner. After watching...

Bill Traylor was an African-American self-taught artist from Alabama. “Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts” by Jeffrey Wolf is a wonderful summary of this artist's life and career. (Photo by Horace Perry, Courtesy of Kino Lorber)

‘Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts’ review: A dry overview of an incredible artist

By Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor April 15, 2021

Barely stretching itself out to a 75-minute runtime, “Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts” is the perfect example of a documentary whose subject matter outshines its depiction.  Directed by Jeffrey...

‘Kajillionaire’ review: a humorous and heartbreaking heist film

By Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer April 14, 2021

Writer-director Miranda July’s latest work is an unconventional heist film that encapsulates everyone’s biggest fear: disappointing your family.  “Kajillionaire” focuses on a young woman named...

Grear Patterson’s “Giants Being Lonely” is a new coming-of-age film. Patterson follows the story of teenagers facing life's challenges, struggles and responsibilities. (Staff Illustration by Debbie Alalade)

‘Giants Being Lonely’ review: a realistic portrait of what it means to be a teenager

By Sixx Orange, Contributing Writer April 9, 2021

Grear Patterson’s “Giants Being Lonely,” is an unapologetically raw and authentic representation of the challenging coming-of-age journey. The unmarked path from youth to adulthood leaves teenagers...

Viktor Kossakovsky’s Gunda stars a pig, Gunda, in his new black and white film. Kossakovsky's film observes farm animals as they are, with no score or narration. (Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan)

‘Gunda’ Review: A Love Letter to Farm Animals

By Sophia Carr, Staff Writer April 9, 2021

When we envision great movie stars, we think of the usual suspects — Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep — with variation depending on your preferred genre, of course. One of the...

“Shiva Baby” is Emma Seligman’s comedy following Danielle (Rachel Sennott) as she navigates a Jewish funeral service with her parents while running into her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend. This film is based on Emma Seligman’s senior thesis short film of the same name which she made while at NYU. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

‘Shiva Baby’ embraces the horror of communal gatherings

By Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer April 7, 2021

For most people, it has been a while since they’ve had a large gathering with family members. It’s easy to romanticize the idea of classic family gatherings during the holiday season. However, one...

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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ review: A watered-down version of history

By Julia Gastone, Contributing Writer April 6, 2021

In 1968, seven protesters were put on trial for inciting a deadly riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It was arguably one of the most dramatic and significant cases regarding civil rights...

Now playing at Lincoln Center's virtual cinema,

‘Demonlover’ Review: Assayas’ violent, sex-driven commentary on media falls short

April 5, 2021

By: Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer Olivier Assayas’ “Demonlover” is many things, but it is not boring. Running along at breakneck speed as it hops from one continent to the next, “Demonlover” dips...

Tom Holland can’t stop ‘Cherry’ from going sour

By Holden Lay, Contributing Writer April 5, 2021

Driving around the streets of an empty Los Angeles late last year, I found myself overwhelmed by a staggering amount of For Your Consideration billboards for “Cherry.” Behind these vague ads, there...