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Actor Paul Dano wearing a blue shirt and red headband sits in a brown desk chair. He is speaking into a red microphone while looking at two computer monitors. The image is from the film “Dumb Money.”

Review: ‘Dumb Money’ wages war on the wealthy through sensory overload

Craig Gillespie’s energetic new film begins by telling the story of the 2021 GameStop short squeeze, but ends with overconfident optimism.
Liv Steinhardt, Contributing Writer Sep 25, 2023

Gabe Plotkin, the millionaire hedge fund founder and chief information officer played by Seth Rogen, sits in his oceanfront mansion, preparing for a TV interview about his sinking...

Actresses Natalie Portman, on the left, and Julianne Moore, on the right, look into the camera as if it is a mirror. Natalie Portman holds a notepad and pen while Julianne Moore holds a makeup sponge and lipstick. The image is from the film “May December.”

WSN’s guide to the 61st New York Film Festival

In anticipation of this year’s New York Film Festival, WSN has put together a list of must-see movie premieres you will want to secure tickets for before they sell out.
Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor Sep 25, 2023

From Sept. 29 to Oct. 15, the New York Film Festival celebrates its 61st anniversary, marking a long tradition of highlighting cinematic excellence from all corners of the world....

An illustration of a laptop whose screen shows a person wearing a tracksuit leaning over a luggage on a bench. The laptop sits on purple blankets and a cup of tea is also on the blanket.

Off the Radar: ‘Alice in the Cities,’ a guide for lost souls

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Alice in the Cities” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Amalia Rizos, Contributing Writer Sep 22, 2023

When one is on the road, displaced from the warmth of home, an emptiness takes over. Sometimes, the only remedy for this vacuum is to reach out and share moments with the most...

A still image from the film “Stop Making Sense” with lead vocalist David Byrne singing on stage and pointing a microphone to the camera.

Review: ‘Stop Making Sense’ immortalizes a band in its prime

A24's restoration of the concert film featuring Talking Heads cements the legendary band's legacy as a pioneer of New Wave music.
Stephanie Wong, Arts Editor Sep 22, 2023

In 1984, director Jonathan Demme first released his concert film “Stop Making Sense” featuring the seminal ’80s New Wave band Talking Heads. In 2023, many still consider...

An upside-down shot of actor Leslie Cheung, his face covered in white face paint, and pink-and-black makeup. He is wearing an orange-and-blue, jewel-covered outfit, a matching headpiece and pearls.

Review: ‘Farewell My Concubine’ restoration upholds film’s undying legacy

In celebration of the film’s 30-year anniversary, Film Movement’s uncut, 4K restoration breathes new life into a modern classic.
Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor Sep 21, 2023

Thirty years after “Farewell My Concubine’s” triumphant showing at the Cannes Film Festival — where it took home the coveted Palme d’Or prize — a new, uncut 4K restoration...

A black and white illustration with a portrait of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and the title ‘El Conde’ in pink lettering.

Review: ‘El Conde’ tells a chilling story of bloodthirst through absurd political satire

Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s film is screening at the Paris Theater until Sept. 22.
Tony Jaeyeong Jeong, Contributing Writer Sep 20, 2023

A shadowy figure emerges from the screen, leaping across the cloudy skies. His silhouette, styled with a gothic cape and oversized collars, closely resembles that of the infamous...

Actresses Ayo Edebiri and Rachel Sennott as characters Josie and P.J. in the film “Bottoms.” They are standing in an indoor basketball court.

Review: ‘Bottoms’ delivers punches and punchlines in its teen sex story

Director and NYU alum Emma Seligman ushers in a new era of queer media through this hilariously horny teen film.
Dani Biondi, Contributing Writer Sep 15, 2023

The high school-teen-sex-comedy is a universally adored subgenre. Our infatuation with the caricatures and inflated archetypes that live within the genre allow us to see ourselves...

(Max Van Hosen for WSN)

Off the Radar: ‘Bicycle Thieves’ blurs the lines between fiction and reality

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Bicycle Thieves” is available to stream on Max and Kanopy.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor Sep 15, 2023

Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica was one of the pioneers of neorealism — a style of cinema defined by on-location shooting, non-professional actors and unpolished cinematography,...

Two men lean forward and stare at each other in a spaceship. There is a round window in the center and orange, blue and red buttons behind them.

Review: Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ terrifyingly depicts human ingenuity

The science fiction masterpiece recently screened at the Paris Theater as a part of its “Big & Loud” series.
Yezen Saadah, News Editor Sep 7, 2023

The Paris Theater showcased Stanley Kubrick's “2001: A Space Odyssey” this past Sunday, along with many other contemporary and classic films screened in immersive formats....

An illustration of a woman with curly red hair and a gold hair decoration wearing a purple shell-shaped top.

‘The Little Mermaid’ will offer a window into a new world

How Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel positively impacts Black girls and women.
Sydni Johnson, Contributing Writer May 5, 2023

The release of the new live-action “The Little Mermaid” on May 26 may not appeal to everyone, but it will definitely capture the eyes and hearts of many young girls who love...

In a still from “Succession,” in an auditorium, an image of Logan Roy is projected on a screen behind Kendall Roy, who is looking up at the screen.

Recap: ‘Succession’ S4E6: Granny prison camps

The most overtly comedic episode of the season yet illustrates the hollow schemes at the center of Waystar Royco.
Colleen Secaur, Contributing Writer May 2, 2023

Big tech hasn’t exactly garnered a significant amount of goodwill in the public consciousness as of late. One can vividly recall Mark Zuckerberg’s promises of a virtual future...

A doctor wearing a pair of black-framed glasses, a blue mask and scrubs.

Review: ‘De Humani Corporis Fabrica’ cuts deep into the human body

In their latest documentary feature, Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor bring viewers on a transformational journey of human anatomy. “De Humani Corporis Fabrica” is currently showing at the IFC Center. 
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer May 1, 2023

The intrusive lens of the micro camera burrows through cavernous organs and once unseen crevices of the human body in “De Humanis Corporis Fabrica.” First premiered at the...

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