The Secret Origins of the First Female Filmmaker

In her 2018 documentary “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché,” director and producer Pamela B. Green aims to revive the life of the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché. Narrated by actress and...

Unpopular Opinions: Animal Characters

The live-action “Dumbo” remake comes out this week, and it got the Arts Desk thinking about the countless animal characters that have graced the silver screen, especially in Disney films. After all, they built...

‘Five Feet Apart’ Depicts the Necessity of Human Touch

“Five Feet Apart” chronicles the unfortunate love story of Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), two teenagers with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening illness that forces them to stay five feet apart from...

‘Yardie’ Is a Jamaican Throwback to Gang Dramas of Old

They are the familial and relational conflicts that preface and define their violent stories: Grangerford or Shepherdson, Greaser or Soc, Shark or Jet, Native American or Dead Rabbit. In his directorial debut, Idris Elba...

The Power Dynamic in Hamilton’s ‘Conversations’ Podcast

In my left ear is Andrew Hamilton, the president of NYU, a man who made over a million dollars last year and lives in a penthouse apartment on Washington Square. In my right ear...

Anupam Kher on Tragedy and Compassion in ‘Hotel Mumbai’

Eleven years ago, the Indian metropolis of Mumbai was brought under siege by Pakistani terrorists in a deadly attack. A popular restaurant, two hospitals and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel were attacked, and 164...

T-Pain Gets a Roll on at PlayStation Theater

The name T-Pain, especially for those in college, probably first evokes the phrase “throwback.” It makes us stop and reminisce the incredible buzz he generated as one of the go-to artists in pop music...

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Thrilling, but Not Too Profound

Thrusting ordinary people into extraodinary situations is a recipe followed by many gripping films, and it is certainly the backbone of Director Anthony Muras’ “Hotel Mumbai.” The twist, however, is that this thriller is...

Staff Recs: Books We Should Have Read in High School

“Romeo and Juliet.” “The Catcher in the Rye.” Ernest Hemingway. Jane Austen. Classic titles and names that filled our high school syllabi and glazed our eyes over. But the Arts Desk has decided to...

A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: March 15 to 17

St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday — if you want to escape the inevitable onslaught of intoxicated revelers this weekend, check out one of these arts and entertainment events. And avoid Fifth Avenue at...

Unpopular Opinions: Children’s Book Series

If you weren’t already aware, “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” is coming out this week. Since it’s based on the popular children’s book series, the Arts Desk is taking a look at some...

In ‘3 Faces,’ a Quietly Radical Portrait of Iran

“3 Faces” begins with a girl’s iPhone confessional — her voice is shaking, as is her grip. Aspiring actress Marziyeh Rezaei (playing herself) has been accepted to the drama conservatory in Tehran, but finds...
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