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An illustration of two Black women side by side and surrounded with a dim purple light. The woman on the left is dressed in a purple jacket. The woman on the right is dressed in a pink jacket.

Review: The deafening silence of ‘The Silent Twins’

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s third feature film uniquely tells a new story of famous twins Jennifer and June Gibbons. “The Silent Twins” is currently playing in many theaters across New York City.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer Sep 30, 2022

Making her debut in English language film, Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska presents viewers with the visually mesmerizing and transportive "The Silent Twins." While Smoczynska...

An illustrated portrait of author Calum McCann in a black shirt and blue blazer against a light orange background.

Q&A: Colum McCann says ‘storytelling is the most democratic thing that we have’

In his novel “Apeirogon,” National Book Award winner Colum McCann writes about Palestine, and Irish literature beyond Ireland.
Natasha Roy, Contributing Writer Sep 29, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article may include spoilers for “Apeirogon.” Colum McCann is an Irish writer based in New York City. In 2009, he won the National Book Award for his...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen To This: Diane Keaton joins pop star Ashe in ‘Love Is Letting Go’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Devin Townsend, Alvvays and more.
Holden Lay, Candace Patrick, and Jack Solomon Sep 29, 2022

Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton has secretly always wanted to be a singer, and she does just that in Ashe’s latest single, the sweet acoustic ballad titled “Love...

A large wooden puppet named Little Amal with brown skin, long brown hair and clothes with red accents stands in front of the New York Public Library with skyscrapers and street signs in the background. There is a male operating the puppet from inside and a crowd looking at and taking photos of the puppet.

Little Amal captures the heart of NYC during first US visit

After traveling 6,000 miles across 12 countries, puppet Little Amal — an international symbol for human rights — will visit Washington Square Park on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Yezen Saadah, Staff Writer Sep 28, 2022

Created by the Handspring Puppet Company in Cape Town, South Africa, Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl. Since July 2021, Amal has traveled across...

Lau Kin Ming, played by Andy Lau, and Chan Wing Yan, played by Tony Leung, stand off in a gun duel while standing on top of a skyscraper near Victoria Bay in Hong Kong. Both are dressed in black suits.

Review: ‘Infernal Affairs’ trilogy restoration reinvigorates a Hong Kong classic

Even two decades later, Janus Films’ restoration of the iconic “Infernal Affairs” trilogy reminds audiences that its messages are pertinent more than ever.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer Sep 28, 2022

“Infernal Affairs” (2002) directors Alan Mak and Andrew Lau use gang wars, police surveillance and political history to examine identity crises in the new millennium. Beneath...

Four female characters dressed in colorful party outfits covered in blood and dirt look forward, terrified.

To critics of ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’: Let movies be stupid again, please

Described as “Euphoria With Knives” by New York Times critic Lena Wilson, Halina Reijn’s spirited Gen Z slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies” garnered some negative first impressions from viewers who either didn’t realize it was satire or hate fun.
Lorena Campes, Deputy Under The Arch Editor Sep 27, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers for “Bodies Bodies Bodies.” In a laughably ironic display of a writer entirely missing the point, New York Times critic Lena...

An illustration of a CD cover with Rina Sawayama in a white top and black dress against a magenta background.

Review: ‘Hold The Girl’ conveys vulnerability through an exhilarating electropop soundscape

Singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama’s sophomore studio album explores new emotional territory through upbeat dance tracks and compelling power ballads.
Candace Patrick, Staff Writer Sep 26, 2022

Japanese British singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama wastes no time before jumping into the depths of her emotional burdens — themes of love, acceptance, anger, growth and more —...

Portraits of different sizes are hung up in an art gallery. The gallery has white walls and wooden floors.

Wolfgang Tillmans shares his fearless perspective of the world in new MoMA installation

Wolfgang Tillmans’ ‘To look without fear’ blurs the line between aesthetics and politics.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer Sep 26, 2022

On Sept. 12, the line for The Museum of Modern Art went around the block, even before its 10:30 a.m. opening. Many of those waiting carried cameras, notebooks and laptops in order...

Five people standing in shallow water in the East River, with midtown Manhattan skyline in the background. From the left: a person with short blonde hair wearing a red coat; a person wearing a black coat; a person with a hat, a red shirt with white dots and a black skirt; a person wearing white hat, blue jersey and beige shorts; a person with black t-shirt and beige shorts.

Performance art in New York waters raises awareness about rising sea levels

Sarah Cameron Sunde’s “36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea” is a contemplative observation of climate change.
Polina Belova, Contributing Writer Sep 26, 2022

One of the goals of performance arts has always been to communicate truths through direct interaction with the audience. However, when it comes to ecological topics, a performer...

A monochromatic photograph of a prison cell. Light comes through the iron bar on the top right. A male prisoner and a female officer smoking a cigarette stand together on the left.

‘Better Call Saul’ is one of the greatest television series of the last decade

Despite being pit against the sky-high expectations following ‘Breaking Bad’, its prequel, ‘Better Call Saul’, has undoubtedly made its mark as one of the best TV series of the 2010s.
Yezen Saadah, Staff Writer Sep 26, 2022

When it was first announced that there would be a prequel to “Breaking Bad” — one of the most acclaimed TV series of the 21st century — people were naturally skeptical....

A crowd of concert attendees is lit by a purple light. A male screams into the camera.

NYU Mystery Concert: Loop pedals, mosh pits and ‘Happy Birthday’

Students met performers Ethel Cain, Skaiwater and Polo Perks with an outpouring of love.
Julia Diorio, Contributing Writer Sep 23, 2022

There was a sense of contagious energy in the air as students excitedly chatted in anticipation of the three acts coming, eager to blow off steam from the beginning of the semester....

Professor Jack Gladney, played by Adam Driver, stands with his family. Their facial expressions are anxious and worried.

WSN’s guide to the 60th New York Film Festival

In anticipation of this year’s New York Film Festival, WSN put together a list of must-see movies being premiered that you will want to secure tickets for before they sell out.
Stephanie Wong, Film & TV Editor Sep 23, 2022

This year's New York Film Festival, running from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. One of the longest-running film festivals in the United States,...