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Off the Radar: ‘News from Home’ captures urban solitude and fleeting memories  

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “News from Home” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Nov 11, 2022

New York City is no stranger to the silver screen. Time and time again, it has set the stage for gritty crime dramas, sappy rom-coms and billion-dollar superhero blockbusters....

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Review: ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ is a stunning portrait of Nan Goldin

Laura Poitras’ documentary about Nan Goldin chronicles her life through art and activism.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer Nov 11, 2022

Laura Poitras’ striking documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” juggles many topics without losing sight of the film’s subject: photographer and activist Nan Goldin....

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Review: A star documentarian seeks new direction in ‘A Couple’

Frederick Wiseman, the 92-year-old director, shifts from famed documentaries on institutions to a narrative piece.
Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer Nov 10, 2022

Over 50 years ago, Frederick Wiseman became the single voice of filmmaking with his hit “Titicut Follies,” a damning portrait of the Massachusetts government’s treatment...

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Film Forum hosts ‘New Waves,’ a retrospective of New Taiwanese Cinema

“New Waves: Rediscovering Taiwanese Cinema of The 1980s” is a curated series of rare gems and classic films from this revolutionary period in film history. Tickets are available at the Film Forum box office and on their website. 
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Nov 9, 2022

In partnership with the Taipei Cultural Center and the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute, Film Forum, an independent repertory cinema, will be hosting “New Waves: Rediscovering...

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NYU’s 10th Reel China Biennial envisions promising future for independent Chinese cinema

The Tisch Cinema Studies Department, the Asian Film & Media Initiative, and the Center for Religion and Media co-presented the first Reel China festival since the start of the pandemic.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Nov 8, 2022

Hosted from Oct. 28-30, NYU’s 10th Reel China Biennial was the festival's first post-pandemic iteration and celebrated a two-decade-long mission to showcase some of the most...

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Review: There are no likable characters in ‘My Policeman.’

“My Policeman” provides a nuanced insight into the lives of homophobic women, misogynistic gay men, and the longstanding animosity between society and the police dating back to the 1950s.
Ary Russell, Contributing Writer Nov 7, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article includes spoilers for “My Policeman.” Michael Grandage’s “My Policeman,” based on Bethan Roberts’ novel of the same name, centers around...

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WSN’s guide to the 13th annual DOC NYC Film Festival

This year's DOC NYC includes screenings across IFC Center, Cinépolis Chelsea, SVA Theatre and online nationwide starting Nov. 9. WSN gears up for the festival and outlines must-see titles from the current lineup.
David Melean, Contributing Writer Nov 7, 2022

For the past 13 years, New York City-based annual film festival DOC NYC has cemented itself as an incubator for the year’s best documentary productions, aiming to expose audiences...

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Off the Radar: Black vampire myths and addiction in ‘Ganja & Hess’

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Ganja & Hess” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Nov 4, 2022

“Ganja & Hess” (1973) opens with a somber, gospel-inspired opening song that cryptically refers to crucifixion and blood thirst. A set of intertitles introduces the protagonist,...

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Review: ‘Deadstream’ is a fresh and hysterical horror debut

“Deadstream,” now streaming on Shudder, follows a disgraced influencer as he miserably live streams his stay at a haunted house.
Valentina Arrieta, Contributing Writer Nov 1, 2022

Spoiler Warning: This article includes spoilers for “Deadstream.” “Deadstream,” a film co-written, directed, produced and edited by Joseph Winter and Vanessa Winter,...

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Review: Cate Blanchett delivers an immersive performance in ‘TÁR’

“TÁR” is a psychological drama that questions the basis and implications of power. The film is playing in select theaters in New York City.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Oct 31, 2022

Cate Blanchett has always been a force to be reckoned with, but “TÁR” could arguably be her best performance yet. Director Todd Field’s drama encapsulates the downfall of...

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‘Holy Spider’ is a striking work of Iranian social commentary

"Holy Spider” opened at the IFC Center on Friday, Oct. 27.
Yezen Saadah, Staff Writer Oct 31, 2022

ImIranian Danish filmmaker Ali Abbasi's latest film, “Holy Spider,” is the most unrelenting, pragmatic and cynical film of the year. There is no denying the film’s shockingly...

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NYU celebrates student films at First Run Film Festival

The Kanbar Institute of Film & Television presented the NYU First Run Film Festival from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, with an awards ceremony at Regal Union Square on Thursday, Oct. 27. 
Yezen Saadah, Staff Writer Oct 31, 2022

The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television hosted NYU’s annual First Run Film Festival — a presentation of 100 films by undergraduate and graduate students — from...