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Dating apps like Tinder have their positives and negatives. French director Cédric Klapisch offers his perspective on their place in the world in his film Someone Somewhere. (Staff Photo by Jake Capriotti)

‘Someone, Somewhere’ Is a Puzzlingly Successful Rom-Com

French director Cédric Klapisch crafts a unique movie with much to say about depression, therapy and Tinder.
Nicholas Weid, Staff Writer Mar 26, 2020

“Someone, Somewhere” is not what I expected. Going in with minimal information, I quickly settled into what I anticipated to be a slowly paced film about two leads both struggling...

Computer stations designed for playing video games are characterized by brightly lit keyboards and high-backed chairs. The video game industry has been rapidly rising, forming a vibrant community of players, programmers, and audiences. (Photo by Isiah Rosa)

Video Games: From ‘Pong’ to the Eighth Art

Games are changing. Let's try to keep up.
Nicholas Weid, Staff Writer Feb 18, 2020

A lot has changed in video games since their humble beginnings in the 1970s. The matter of choosing what to play is no longer as simple as deciding between an action-packed game...

Tel Aviv on Fire is a romantic soap opera focusing on the years before the 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War. (Photo by Patricia Peribañez via Cohen Media Group)

‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ Channels Frustration Into Comedy

The Luxembourgish Oscars entry, directed by NYU Tisch professor and Palestinian director Sameh Zoabi, tackles the Israel-Palestine conflict through a satirical lens.
Nicholas Weid, Contributing Writer Dec 2, 2019

“Tel Aviv on Fire” is reflective of the experience of writer-director Sameh Zoabi and his experiences as a Palestinian living in Israel. Protagonist Salam (Kais Nashef), is...

Searching for Mr. Rugoff is a documentary exploring the life of Donald Rugoff, a successful art film distributor who once owned NYU’s Cantor Film Center. (Via Twitter)

‘Searching for Mr. Rugoff’ Immortalizes a Titan of the Film Industry

The documentary tracks the life of a man who once owned NYU’s Cantor Film Center and brought “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to the United States.
Nicholas Weid, Contributing Writer Nov 4, 2019

Before watching “Searching for Mr. Rugoff,” I did what most viewers would probably do — I googled Donald Rugoff. I hadn’t known the name before hearing the title and as...

The Whistlers is a 2019 Romanian crime thriller film directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. (Via Facebook)

‘The Whistlers:’ A Loving Callback to Noir

Director Corneliu Porumboiu rides the line between exactness and confusion in his intricate web of plots and deceit.
Nicholas Weid, Contributing Writer Oct 31, 2019

“The Whistlers” is the latest film from Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumboiu, who flexes his cinephile roots in this genre mashup of noir and westerns.  Police...

Timothée Chalemet stars in Netflixs new film, The King. (Via Netflix)

‘The King’ Falls Short of Potential

Timothée Chalamet plays a reluctant king in this rendition of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” jam-packed beyond its bursting point with action and intrigue.
Nicholas Weid, Contributing Writer Oct 8, 2019

Timothée Chalamet, starring as King Henry in Netflix’s “The King,” has his hip signature hairstyle and carefree bachelor life cut short as he ascends the throne of his grudge-ridden...

The Day Shall Come, directed by Chris Morris, will be in cinemas on Oct. 11. (via Twitter)

‘The Day Shall Come’ Boldly Lampoons Terror and the FBI

“Four Lions” director Chris Morris takes a stab at religion, terrorism and petty government feuds.
Nicholas Weid, Contributing Writer Oct 3, 2019

“The Day Shall Come” is the second film from “Four Lions” director Chris Morris, and the second to explore terrorism through satirical comedy. Moses Al Shabaz (Marchant...

Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, was released on September 20. (Via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

‘Ad Astra’ Is a Slightly Maddening Delight

Ad Astra delves into the isolating monotony of space travel in a not-so-distant future.
Nicholas Weid, Contributing Writer Sep 23, 2019

Thirty years ago, Roy McBride’s (Brad Pitt) father left Earth to pursue extra-terrestrial life but was lost in the process. When Space Command, the U.S.’s space military branch,...

Senku is the main character of Dr. Stone, a dystopian anime exploring the capabilities of civilization. (Staff illustration by Marva Shi)

‘Dr. Stone’ Meditates on Civilization Itself

The much-promoted fall season anime balances microcosmic world-building with a battle for progress.
Nicholas Weid, Contributing Writer Sep 16, 2019

3,689 years and 159 days after the entire world’s population was mysteriously turned into stone, Senku Ishigami awakens — and he’s been counting. Luckily for the world, Senku...