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Q&A: South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong on realism in cinema

With Lee Chang-dong’s upcoming retrospective at the Metrograph, WSN spoke with the legendary South Korean filmmaker about the significance of realism in his films.
Tony Jaeyeong Jeong, Staff Writer April 8, 2024

Director Lee Chang-dong’s films are uniquely Korean, and throughout his career, his work has served as cultural beacons for the future of Korean cinema. “Peppermint Candy”...

Four people in bright yellow, green, purple and red stand in a kitchen. The yellow person to the far left is holding a red chicken.

Review: ‘Chicken for Linda!’ is chaotically charming and delightfully delicious

The French animated film packs a surprisingly magnificent punch of touching and hilarious moments.
Gabriel Murray, Contributing Writer April 5, 2024

The relationship between a parent and child is never simple. There’s bickering, fighting and yelling, and two seconds later a reconciliation of “I love you, too.” The French,...

Black and white photo of people on a couch. A man is holding a video camera while the woman next to him looks at a computer.

Q&A: Bertrand Bonello on AI, pigeons and ‘The Beast’

WSN spoke with Bonello about his new film “The Beast,” a genre-bending sci-fi melodrama about the fear of love.
Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor April 5, 2024

French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello has always used the cinematic medium as a means to explore the extremities of human desire. Whether it was in his 2011 feature “House of Tolerance,”...

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‘Free Time’ subverts any semblance of competent adulthood

I would call “Free Time” incompetence porn, but it’s not.
Liv Steinhardt, Contributing Writer April 5, 2024

Meek data analyst Drew (Colin Burgess) — determined to quit his job — stutters to his boss, “If I have to input more numbers into a little box, I-I’m going to have some...

A photograph of a man’s face with his eyes closed and his eyelids are painted yellow with a black dot in the middle. There is pink smoke in front of his face.

WSN’s guide to the 53rd New Directors/New Films festival

In anticipation of the Lincoln Center and MoMA’s latest edition of ND/NF, WSN has put together a list of the most exciting films on the festival docket.
Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor April 3, 2024

For the average moviegoer, it is easy to feel like Hollywood is the be all and end all of cinema. With ads for multi-million dollar blockbusters constantly shoved down our throats,...

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Review: ‘High & Low: John Galliano’ captures a fashion icon falling apart at the seams

The documentary chronicles fashion designer John Galliano’s career in full, but falters in redeeming his character following incidents of antisemitism.
Karina Rower, Deputy Copy Chief April 2, 2024

In the early aughts, John Galliano’s creative direction led fashion houses Givenchy, Dior and Maison Margiela to widespread success. With a flair for the outlandish and avant-garde,...

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Review: ‘Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World’ is a brilliantly funny portrayal of 21st-century labor

In his new feel-bad comedy, Radu Jude inventively depicts the frenzy of late stage capitalism through an overburdened personal assistant in the film industry.
Nolan Morris, Contributing Writer April 1, 2024

In “Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World,” Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude’s latest satirical comedy, the reality of late-stage capitalism is depicted as a pendulum...

A collage of four movie posters. The upper left is a headshot of a man with his head down and the word MAESTRO above. The upper right is two men and a dog with the words “THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN” above them. The bottom left is a man with a sword next to him under the words “VALHALLA RISING.” The bottom right is two women collaged above a road with palm trees along the sides with the words “MULHOLLAND DRIVE.”

Inside the Boxd: ‘Maestro,’ ‘The Banshees of Inisherin,’ ‘Valhalla Rising’ and ‘Mulholland Drive’

Inside the Boxd is a weekly column documenting WSN staffers’ recent film reviews on Letterboxd. Grab some popcorn and get that watchlist ready!

With roughly 10 million site-wide users in 2023, including the likes of NYU alumni Martin Scorsese and Ayo Edebiri, Letterboxd has become the premier social media platform for...

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Review: Unfortunately, ‘Immaculate’ doesn’t live up to its name

With “Immaculate,” Michael Mohan delivers an imperfect, try-hard horror film that redeems itself by being somewhat fun and occasionally comedic.
Lulu Chatterjee, Staff Writer March 27, 2024

With the horror bar set lower than the depths of hell, Michael Mohan’s and Sydney Sweeney’s newest project, “Immaculate,” is at least well-paced, gripping and not entirely...

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Review: ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ lacks what made its predecessors so charming

DreamWorks Animation’s latest addition to the decade-long series lacks the ingenuity and emotional core of its predecessors.
Tony Jaeyeong Jeong, Staff Writer March 26, 2024

Once again, our favorite animated panda is back. The first “Kung Fu Panda” film released in 2008, winning the hearts and minds of critics and audiences alike, making it one...

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Q&A: Filmmaker Neo Sora on capturing Ryuichi Sakamoto’s final performance

WSN spoke with director Neo Sora about his latest film “Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus,” the late musical icon’s last recorded concert.
Mick Gaw, Film & TV Editor March 15, 2024

Based in both New York and Tokyo, Japanese American filmmaker Neo Sora is a relative newcomer to the world of cinema. Named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by...

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Review: Netflix’s ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ is rough, buddy

The live-action adaptation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” rarely ever excels as a shot-for-shot remake of the popular cartoon, ultimately frustrating longtime fans of the original.
Carmo Moniz and Yezen Saadah March 15, 2024

Warning: This review contains spoilers for “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Two of your favorite WSN staffers offer their thoughts on one of the most anticipated shows of the...