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A woman with blonde hair wearing a white dress with wings while being held up by strings above two gravestones bearing the words “MOTHER” and “FATHER” on a stage with opened red curtains. Curled in a ball in front of the gravestones lies a man in a tan shirt and brown pants.z

Review: ‘Beau Is Afraid’ is only occasionally frightening

Ari Aster’s new film is a big departure from his previous horror films, as he ventures into a long odyssey of surrealist comedy.
Justin Martinez, Contributing Writer Apr 25, 2023

“Beau Is Afraid,” and there’s no doubt about it. What exactly Beau is afraid of, though, is a question that director Ari Aster seems less interested in answering than he...

Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong and Alexander Skarsgård stand on grass and rocks in front of snow-capped mountains.

Recap: ‘Succession’ S4E5: Viking country

Waystar Royco goes to Norway for a deal, with middling results.
Colleen Secaur, Contributing Writer Apr 25, 2023

The Roy siblings have spent the entirety of “Succession” either parroting their father, doing his dirty work for bits of praise or claiming to be a radical departure from him,...

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Review: ‘How to Blow Up a Pipeline’ is a sleek tale of environmental revolution

With Daniel Goldhaber’s stylish direction and a strong cast, “How to Blow Up a Pipeline” turns a story about property destruction into a tense thriller.
Ethan Beck, Contributing Writer Apr 25, 2023

What’s the cure for apathy? In “How to Blow Up a Pipeline,” the tight, new environmentalist thriller from “Cam” director Daniel Goldhaber, the answer is direct action....

Still from the film “Carmen.” Actress Melissa Barrera as Carmen in a black dress with bedazzled red accents. Actor Paul Mescal as Aiden wearing a tan t-shirt.

Review: ‘Carmen’ modernizes the iconic opera

In his directorial debut, renowned choreographer Benjamin Millepied created a dreamlike yet unsteady presentation of song, dance and word.
Madeline Kane, Contributing Writer Apr 24, 2023

Benjamin Millepied’s dynamic directorial debut “Carmen” is based on the acclaimed opera of the same name, by French composer Georges Bizet. While the original was set in...

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Q&A: Benjamin Millepied on bringing a classic love story into the 21st century

The French choreographer spoke with WSN to talk about his love of the original “Carmen” opera, his directorial debut in its new film adaptation and what he hopes audiences will take away from his interpretation.
Madeline Kane, Contributing Writer Apr 24, 2023

Born and raised in Bordeaux, France, Benjamin Millepied first started dancing at the age of 8 when his mother, a ballet dancer herself, became his first teacher. After spending...

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Review: ‘Evil Dead Rise’ brings new life to the cult horror franchise

“Evil Dead Rise,” is in theaters starting April 21. This movie is ready to scare you and everyone else — no one is safe.
Chesney Graham, Contributing Writer Apr 24, 2023

In Lee Cronin’s new addition to the “Evil Dead franchise,” which now has five adaptations in addition to a TV show, “Evil Dead Rise” seems to be the first film that could...

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Old School Kung Fu film festival returns to NYC

A collaboration between Subway Cinema, Metrograph and the Taipei Cultural Center, the Old School Kung Fu Fest is a curated series of rare and iconic films in the Taiwanese wuxia genre. Tickets are available on the Metrograph website.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Apr 21, 2023

On April 21, the annual Old School Kung Fu Fest makes a triumphant return to the Lower East Side’s Metrograph cinema, bringing a flurry of clashing steel and costumed vigilantes...

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Off the Radar: Magic mushrooms, monkeys and melodrama in ‘Altered States’

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “Altered States” is currently available to stream on Swank.
Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer, Arts Editor Apr 21, 2023

In 1980, the enfant terrible of British cinema Ken Russell decided to venture out to the United States and adapt Paddy Chayefsky’s novel “Altered States.” The book follows...

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How my $70 short film got into the world’s largest youth film fest

Good filmmaking comes from creative constraints, not infinite resources.
Sebastian Zufelt, Staff Writer Apr 21, 2023

One of the biggest stressors of making student films is money — there’s never enough of it. This is a constant refrain my friends and I struggle with as we work on our intermediate-level...

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Review: ‘Air’ is the underdog story that Gen Z desperately needs

Powerhouse duo Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reunite to tell Air Jordan’s origin story. 
Olivia Condell, Contributing Writer Apr 20, 2023

The year is 1984. Eddie Murphy just starred in "Beverly Hills Cop," Los Angeles is hosting the Summer Olympic games, gas prices are cheaper than ever, and Prince Harry was just...

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Review: ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ is a fun spectacle — no more, no less

Based on the iconic Nintendo games series, the film is visually entertaining, but narratively lacking.
Madeline Kane, Contributing Writer Apr 19, 2023

The recently-released “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is a fun visual feast, but often finds itself compensating for an underdeveloped story with too many Easter eggs, in the...

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Cine Quinqui: A human approach to entertainment

The obscure film genre that originated in Spain is being featured at Spectacle Theater from April 3-29.
Marta Muñoz-Rojas Szpilka, Contributing Writer Apr 18, 2023

Cine Quinqui, a film genre that originated in Spain and centers the lives of adolescents from marginalized communities, emulates the Robin Hood mentality, highlighting unspoken,...

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