New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

All content by Saige Gipson

NYU student production “Mariposa” brings Latina representation to the stage

Tisch student Britney Quiroz put on “Mariposa,” a play highlighting first-generation Latinas, making waves in an industry where Latine people are consistently underrepresented.
Nandini Gupta and Saige Gipson April 25, 2023

WSN: This is a small glimpse into Britney Quiroz’s “Mariposa,” an all Latinx-produced show. The play recently finished its run at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. While...

A photograph of two girls in a bathroom near the sink and mirror. One girl has curly red hair, black rimmed glasses, black clothes and is looking into the camera. The second girl is wearing black clothes, short black hair and is looking into the mirror fixing her eyelashes.

Review: ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ is a stunning portrait of Nan Goldin

Laura Poitras’ documentary about Nan Goldin chronicles her life through art and activism.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer November 11, 2022

Laura Poitras’ striking documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” juggles many topics without losing sight of the film’s subject: photographer and activist Nan Goldin....

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 September 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...

The indoor stand of Kim’s Video. The square structure stands in the middle of a hallway with framed movie posters. Inside the structure there are DVDs in display shelves.

The resurrection of Kim’s Video

The Alamo Drafthouse revival of the iconic Kim’s Video reestablishes video rental stores in New York.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer April 21, 2022

Kim’s Video reopened inside the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center on March 30. The famous video and music rental store quickly became a...

A group of five excited Muppets rip through a paper background with an image of New York City skyscrapers.

Metrograph’s Play Time with Jim Henson unleashes the Muppets

Metrograph’s kid-friendly matinee series Play Time with Jim Henson tunes into the true essence of the Muppets by displaying their larger-than-life personalities. The series’ run was extended until April 24 with new screenings every weekend.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer April 8, 2022

“Play Time with Jim Henson” at Metrograph is captivating in every way. It provides a screen large enough and sounds loud enough for the Muppets to display their rambunctious...

Locket, which debuted on Dec. 30 of last year, is an app exclusively for iOS users that has since been well received. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

Turning your home screen into your feed with the Locket app

With pictures that show up directly on the home screen from your nearest and dearest, Locket redefines intimacy and privacy.
Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer February 17, 2022

Locket, the app that went viral on TikTok in the beginning of January, now ranks among the top free apps on the Apple app store. It works by using the iOS widget feature — by...

Daniel Craig closes out his role as James Bond with “No Time To Die,” his fifth movie in the role. Craig played Bond for 15 years. (Image courtesy of MGM)

Review: ‘No Time to Die’ is the perfect ending for Daniel Craig’s Bond

After 15 years, Craig ends his tenure as James Bond with action and emotion. 
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer November 9, 2021

The long wait is over. “No Time to Die” was released in theaters last month after being postponed last year due to COVID-19. The film is the 25th in the James Bond franchise,...

Daunt Books is an independent bookstore in London known for its architecture and book selection. London has a wide range of independent bookstores for locals and visitors to explore. (Photo by Saige Gipson)

The joy of being a bookworm at NYU London

If you wish to get lost in the coziest bookstores, NYU London is the place to be.
Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

Like many, I used reading to survive the depths of quarantine. It was comforting to sit down with a new book to distract myself from the world’s problems. London’s many unique...

“Amelie” the musical adapted from the 2001 film recently reopened at the Criterion Theater in the West End after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the musical falls short of capturing the essence of the beloved film. (Photo by Saige Gipson)

Review: Latest ‘Amélie’ musical fails to live up to the film

The West End musical adaptation falls short of capturing the original film’s charm and emotion.
Saige Gipson, Staff Writer October 18, 2021

LONDON — The most recent attempt at a musical-theater adaptation of the 2001 film “Amélie” disappoints. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s romantic comedy depicted a French woman who,...

Kajillionaire is a 2020 comedy-drama film created by writer-director Miranda July. This unconventional heist film follows a young woman named Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood) and her parents as they make their money committing petty crimes. (Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela)

‘Kajillionaire’ review: a humorous and heartbreaking heist film

Miranda July’s eccentricities fill “Kajillionaire” with delight and devastation.
Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer April 14, 2021

Writer-director Miranda July’s latest work is an unconventional heist film that encapsulates everyone’s biggest fear: disappointing your family.  “Kajillionaire” focuses...

A collection of weird Tom and Jerry knock-offs licensed under Creative Commons. How they make you feel is exactly like the way the newest live-action of the duo would: disappointed. (Staff Illustration by Alex Tran)

‘Tom and Jerry’ review: A lifeless attempt at updating the classic tale of cat and mouse

The visually unappealing and narratively boring “Tom and Jerry” lacks humor and creativity.
Saige Gipson, Contributing Writer April 1, 2021

“Tom and Jerry,” a feckless live-action/animation hybrid directed by Tim Story, tries to update the classic Tom versus Jerry tale but sadly loses sight of its source material...