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Fred Rogers, known as the host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” life is being profiled in the new documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ Remembers Mr. Rogers

Apr 23, 2018
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" explores the man behind the long running children's show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael marching in the Meredith March.

Remembering Dr. King with Producer Trey Ellis

Apr 15, 2018
WSN speaks to Trey Ellis, executive producer of the new HBO documentary “Into the Wilderness,” in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hari Kondabolus documentary “The Problem with Apu,” discusses Hollywood’s Southeast Asian stereotype, and features prominent Indian entertainers such as Hasan Minhaj.

‘The Problem with Apu’ Raises Debate on Representation in Media

Nov 15, 2017
"The Problem with Apu," Hari Kondabolu's new documentary, reckons with the controversial Simpsons character's role in providing representation for East Asians while simultaneously partaking in troubling stereotypes and tropes.
Steinhardt senior Daniel Youngelman plays the lead role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.

Tisch Reimagines ‘Little Shop’

Nov 6, 2017
WSN talked with the director and lead actress of TNT's "Little Shop of Horrors."

The film “LBJ” tells the story of former president Lyndon Johnson, as portrayed by Woody Harrelson, and his rise to power.

Rob Reiner Returns to Old-School Class with ‘LBJ’

Oct 31, 2017
"LBJ" is a historical drama that shows why Rob Reiner is an undervalued director.
Hayao Miyazaki’s academy award winning film “Spirited Away” tells the story of a young girl’s journey when she stumbles across an abandoned carnival filled with spirits.

‘Spirited Away’ Returns to Theaters for Studio Ghibli Celebration

Oct 24, 2017
The classic film "Spirited Away" is returning to theaters for Halloween.

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman”  follows the life of William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) and his wife Elizabeth Holloway (Rebecca Hall). The delightfully crass movie covers the origin of Wonder Woman by the Marston’s.

The Origin Wonder Woman Deserves

Oct 10, 2017
"Professor Marston and the Wonder Women," tells the story of Wonder Woman's origin — not on Themyscira, but in the minds of Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Holloway and Olive Byrne.
The new documentary “Pathological Optimist” follows the doctor who linked vaccines with autism, Andrew Wakefield.

Anti-Vaccine Doc Fails to Condemn Lies

Sep 26, 2017
"The Pathological Optimist" gives a sympathetic look at Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who falsified anti-vaccine research.
“Peder Balke: Painter of the Northern Light” is on view at the Met Fifth Avenue at 1000 Fifth Ave. through July 9.

Balke’s ‘Northern Light’ Gallery Is Honestly Magnificent

Apr 20, 2017
The Met's new exhibit of paintings by Norwegian artist Peder Balke gives the vast concrete jungle of New York City a respite in dense clouds, vast spaces and incredible seascapes.
“Kneeling Archer,” Earthenware of the Qin Dynasty, 201-206 B.C.. Artifacts from the Qin and Han Dynasties of China are on display at the Metropolitan Museum as part of its “Age of Empires” exhibition.

‘Age of Empires’ Makes the Expansive Palatable

Apr 13, 2017
The Met's new "Age of Empires" exhibit is not only a once-in-a-lifetime display of art and artifacts from China's Qin and Han dynasties, but an incredibly illustrative picture of the Chinese empire during a time when it coexisted with a global expanse of other great cultures.
Herzog’s film “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, chronicles the life of Gertrude Bell. The film will open on Friday, April 7 at the IFC Film Center at 323 Sixth Ave.

Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ Is No ‘Lawrence of Arabia’

Apr 6, 2017
"Queen of the Desert," Werner Herzog's dramatic 2015 tale of the life of archaeologist and freedom fighter T.E. Lawrence, is like if you took everything about "Lawrence of Arabia" and made it bad.
Marvels Collapsing Multiverse

Marvel’s Collapsing Multiverse

Apr 6, 2017
One of the most celebrated parts of the Marvel franchise is its iconic multiverse — but lately, that multiverse seems like an unkept promise across film, television and print comics.
The Death of King Louis XIV, directed by Albert Serra, portrays the death of the Sun God and how that led to the slow demise of the French monarchy.

Quiet and Contemplative, ‘Death of King Louis XIV’ Captures a Great Figure on Screen

Mar 27, 2017
Albert Serra takes on the legacy of one of the loudest, most pompous kings in French history in new film "The Death of King Louis XIV" and makes it into a marvelously slow and quiet affair.
Alice Lowe’s film “Prevenge” opens at the IFC Film Center at 323 Sixth Ave. on Friday, March 24 and will be available to stream nationwide the same day via Shudder. The movie chronicles the life of a pregnant widow who finds herself being controlled by her unborn baby.

The Youngest Little Murderer in ‘Prevenge’

Mar 23, 2017
If you can get past the perhaps shocking premise of a murderously manipulative unborn baby, "Prevenge" is a film bursting with talent and artistry.
The members of Dangerbox practice with group improv activities during their rehearsals.  Dangerbox is NYU’s longest running improv group and is one of the top 10 improv groups in the country.

Comedy is No Laughing Matter for NYU’s Dangerbox

Mar 1, 2017
NYU's longest-running improv group, Dangerbox, discusses their preparation for the College Improv Tournament, which took place on Feb. 25 in Chicago.
James Franco plays Mac McLeod in “In Dubious Battles,” based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name.

Horde of Stars Brings ‘In Dubious Battle’ to the Screen

Feb 15, 2017
James Franco's latest exploits in film adaptations of classic literature bring us "In Dubious Battle," a star-studded but relatively adequate project.
Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill in the rampant 1981 romance “Possession,” being screened as part of the Anthology Film Archives’ Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Anthology Provides Anti-Romance for Valentine’s Day

Feb 9, 2017
If you're so sour about Valentine's Day that you could just kill somebody, then the Film Anthology Archives "Valentine's Day Massacre" has the perfect solution for you.
Robert De Niros passion project, The Comedian, features various high-profile actors, such as Leslie Mann and Danny DeVito.  The film depicts De Niros personal struggle to revive his career.

Robert DeNiro’s Passion Project is a Forgettable Mess

Feb 6, 2017
Don't get your hopes up for Robert DeNiro's new film "The Comedian" — as it turns out, passion projects aren't a guaranteed success. In fact, this one is downright forgettable.
Attendees painted as Bob Ross videos played in the background.

Bob Ross Event Reflected Philosophy

Feb 6, 2017
The Student Resource Center thought it would be fun to have students paint while watching Bob Ross videos. We thought it would be fun to critique their paintings.
Finding Babel, a documentary directed by David Novack, follows Andrei Malaev-Babels journey to learn more about his grandfather, Isaac Babel, and his famous writings.

‘Finding Babel’ Makes Russian Writer Into a Folk Hero

Oct 26, 2016
In the new documentary "Finding Babel," attempting to cover the entirety of the rich history behind famed writer Isaac Babel and his legacy turns out to be too much to tackle in a single film, no matter how touching.
Scene from Marvels TV Series Luke Cage.

Luke Cage Is Not Just Relevant — It’s Excellent

Oct 5, 2016
In a time where there are more black people incarcerated than there were recorded slaves in the history of the United States, Luke Cage brings a much-needed bulletproof black man to the screen and gives Marvel the revival it much needed.

In Comedy Central’s series “Drunk History,” drunk comedians retell history as live recreations mimic their tellings.

History is Better Drunk

Oct 4, 2016
With originality and spunk, "Drunk History" begins its latest season by proving that its formula for recounting history with alcohol and humor has not yet worn out it welcome.
In Favor of Blockbusters: Cash, Explosions and Artistry

In Favor of Blockbusters: Cash, Explosions and Artistry

Sep 29, 2016

A distaste for blockbusters – so often rooted in snobbery – has escalated in the past few years, along with the rise of superhero movies, massive franchise tent poles and consistent...

To Concentrate or Not to Concentrate…

To Concentrate or Not to Concentrate…

Sep 29, 2016
Whether or not some NYU students select a major course of study or an independent concentration can often come down to minutely personal factors.
The Anthology Film Archive has started a new series called Woman With a Movie Camera to showcase female directors.

Anthology Film Archives Series Celebrates Female Filmmakers

Sep 21, 2016
The Anthology Film Archives' latest series, “Woman With a Movie Camera: Female Film Directors Before 1950," puts the women who have been erased from film's history back in their rightful, respected place.
“I am only in control of vegetables” is a Steinhardt student art gallery on display through September 24.

Steinhardt Trio’s Exhibit Pokes Fun at Control

Sep 12, 2016
NYU Steinhardt students Lilli Bitucci ‘14, Audrey Tseng ‘15 and Olivia Chou ‘14 opened their exhibit "I am only in control of vegetables," a never-too-serious take on nihilism, this past week.
Art for Every Home’ Has Rich Past

‘Art for Every Home’ Has Rich Past

Apr 25, 2016
"Art for Every Home" at the Grey Art Gallery showcases the artist group Associated American Artists.
Revealing the events before and after Snow White, “The Huntsman” focuses on the Snow Queen and her personal army.

Snow White and the Unwanted Sequel

Apr 18, 2016
"The Huntsman: Winter's War" is the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" and stars Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.
George Lopez stars in the new TV Land show, Lopez.

George Lopez Gains Self-Awareness in New Show

Apr 5, 2016
George Lopez, in his latest project, has a new show on TVLand where he plays a fictionalized version of himself.
“Sweet Bean” is a new Japanese drama film directed by Naomi Kawase.

‘Sweet Bean,’ From Japan, Is Slow Yet Satisfying

Mar 24, 2016
"Sweet Bean", the new film from Japanese director Naomi Kawase, focuses on the relationship between a bakery owner and the elderly woman he hires.
Akira Kurosawas film Ran is being brought back to life in a 4K restoration.

Restoration Revives Resplendent ‘Ran’

Feb 26, 2016
The new restoration of Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" at Film Forum reasserts the 1985 film's beauty.
Girolama dai Libri’s ‘Madonna and Child with Saints’ headlines the MET’s Northern Renaissance art exhibition.

Northern Renaissance art on display at Met

Dec 2, 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the work of Italian painter and illuminator Girolamo dai Libri and various Veronese artists in a new 14-piece exhibit.
Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact is the latest exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Brooklyn.

Hollywood history in pictures at MoMI

Nov 30, 2015
The Museum of the Moving Image revisits classic films like "Rosemary’s Baby" and "Psycho" in compelling new visual forms in their latest exhibit, "Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact."
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting” is currently on display at the MET from Oct. 31, 2015 to Oct. 11, 2016.

Art of the ancient Americas and paintings from China open at the Met

Nov 3, 2015
Ancient American exhibit "Design for Eternity" and "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting" opened at the Met, providing a wide-ranging scope of Ancient American architectural design and Chinese calligraphy.
“Celebrating the Art of Japan” brings together a massive collection of Japanese art, covering many statues, paintings and poems that span centuries of Japanese history.

Two worlds meet at Met

Oct 26, 2015
Two vastly different exhibits find common artistic ground in the Met's "Fashion and Virtue" and "Celebrating the Art of Japan." Explore how textiles changed from housework to hate-couture in this expansive gallery.

Marvel’s diversity revolution

Oct 21, 2015
Marvel takes steps towards a more diverse cast of characters.
 The Head of a Colossal Statue of Senwosret III at the Ancient Egypt Exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Met focuses on Egyptian Middle Kingdom in exhibit

Oct 19, 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a comprehensive exhibit on the Middle Kingdom in their Egyptian Wing in "Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom."
American stop-motion animated comedy television series dealing with Titanium Rex, an aging superhero, and his team who try to stay relevant in a changing world.

Superheroes, jokes lounge around in Adult Swim’s ‘SuperMansion’

Oct 13, 2015
Superheroes fall into tropes and lazy hazes in Adult Swim's latest show, "SuperMansion."
“The Witness” Documents the story of Kitty Genovese, the woman who was stabbed in 1964 as 37 witnesses stood by without calling the police.

An infamous murder case is reinvestigated in ‘The Witness’

Oct 8, 2015
In 1964, Kitty Genovese was murdered in the streets of Queens, New York. The Times reported that 38 witnesses walked by. In the touching documentary "The Witness," Kitty's brother Bill tries to find these 38 people.
“Les Cowboys,” directed by Thomas Bidegain, is screening as part of The New York Film Festival.

‘Les Cowboys’ pays tribute to its classic Western inspiration

Oct 6, 2015
"Les Cowboys" is French screenwriter Thomas Bidegain's take on the classic American Western tale,
The theatrical poster of Song From the Forest.

Film plays audiences ‘Song from the Forest’

Apr 13, 2015
Michael Obert details the life of Louis Sarno, a member of the the Bayaka Pygmies, in his new film, "Song from the Forest."
Video game carefully handles suicide

Video game carefully handles suicide

Apr 8, 2015
In the video game "Life is Strange," gamers are placed into a suicide prevention scenario, where the player is supposed to persuade their friend to not jump off a ledge. While aspects of "Life is Strange" can be improved, it opens up the possibility for creating more impactful, serious games.
On Kawara’s “July 16, 1969” represents the day of the Apollo 11 launch.

On Kawara retrospective stuns with size, scope

Mar 25, 2015
The "On Kawara—Silence" gallery is currently on display at the Guggenheim Museum, and features committed, massive works of art.
  The Mind of Defriest will play at City Cinemas Village East starting March 6.

Film examines prison culture

Mar 4, 2015
The documentary “The Mind of Mark Defriest” exposes the current state of the prison system, as well as the prevention of mentally ill inmates from receiving proper treatment.
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‘Everyone’s a Critic’ critiques criticism

Feb 25, 2015
The Lyons Wier Gallery "Everyone's a Critic" presents a historic revisionism with anti-establishment, antagonistic vibes.
 The David Weiss exhibit is at the Swiss Institute in SoHo.

Weiss exhibit showcases rare works

Feb 17, 2015
The Swiss Institute is currently hosting a gallery of David Weiss’ works, which is opened through Feb. 22.
Through his simple yet aesthetic pieces, Suga reimagines everyday objects and materials.

Kishio collection full of surprises, humor

Feb 10, 2015
Kishio Suga's works on display at the Blum & Poe gallery prove minimalist and unorthodox. The collection is on display until Feb. 21.
‘Zero Motivation’ looks at women in army

‘Zero Motivation’ looks at women in army

Dec 3, 2014
Walk the Moon's follow-up to their self-titled album imitates its '80s influences too closely
Minimalism shines in ‘Alchemy’

Minimalism shines in ‘Alchemy’

Nov 25, 2014
Julie Hedrick interprets history and science through paintings in "Alchemy."
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GamerGate exposes sexism in gaming world

Nov 6, 2014
GamerGate brings to light the gaming world's sexism