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Off the Radar: 6 minutes of masks and fascism in ‘The Fall’

Off the Radar is a weekly column surveying overlooked films available to students for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. “The Fall” is available to stream on Kanopy.
Mick Gaw, Staff Writer April 28, 2023

Jonathan Glazer’s short film “The Fall” depicts a spiraling descent into a macabre dimension of human barbarism and fascistic mob violence. Released in 2019, six years after...

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Review: ‘The Five Devils’ stuns at some points and baffles at others

The fantasy drama is at times confusing, but ultimately a visually stunning and touching watch.
Saisha Kapoor, Contributing Writer April 27, 2023

Last May, Léa Mysius’ second feature film, “The Five Devils,'' screened at the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival and earned a five-minute standing...

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Review: ‘Evil Dead Rise’ brings new life to the cult horror franchise

“Evil Dead Rise,” is in theaters starting April 21. This movie is ready to scare you and everyone else — no one is safe.
Chesney Graham, Contributing Writer April 24, 2023

In Lee Cronin’s new addition to the “Evil Dead franchise,” which now has five adaptations in addition to a TV show, “Evil Dead Rise” seems to be the first film that could...

Actors Kristen Cui, Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge in the film “Knock at the Cabin.” They are hiding behind a corner in a cabin and looking anxiously to the right.

Review: ‘Knock at the Cabin’ is an apocalyptic test of belief

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest continues a string of fascinating, mostly-solid thrillers.
Ethan Beck, Contributing Writer February 15, 2023

A new M. Night Shyamalan movie evokes many feelings these days. For years, he was the Spielberg-in-waiting, who built up his name and future with “The Sixth Sense,” a haunting...

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Review: ‘Nanny’ offers a refreshing take on the worker-immigrant experience

Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, NYU alum Nikyatu Jusu’s debut feature takes a new approach to portraying the immigrant experience. The film is playing in select theaters and will be made available for streaming on Amazon Prime starting on Dec. 16.
Madeline Kane, Staff Writer November 30, 2022

In American pop culture, the immigrant experience is typically portrayed with shaky camera movements, dull and colorless settings, and people who are physically, emotionally and...

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Review: ‘Bones and All’: Unequivocally romantic, unconventionally cannibalistic

Luca Guadagnino’s latest release, “Bones and All,” starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet, is a deft fusion of the romance and horror genres. The film was released in select theaters in New York City on Nov. 18.
Stephanie Wong, Film & TV Editor November 22, 2022

Spoiler warning: The following article contains spoilers for “Bones and All.” Luca Guadagnino’s latest feature film, “Bones and All,” is a visceral, alchemic fusion...

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Staff Recs: Spooky Season

WSN’s Arts Desk highlights some Halloween favorites.

In the spirit of ghouls, WSN’s Arts Desk has decided to put together a list of spooky recommendations worth diving into this Halloween weekend. From Nick Cave to the latest nerve-wracking...

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Review: Taylor Swift sleepily returns to pop with ‘Midnights’

With her 10th studio album “Midnights,” Taylor Swift reverts back to smooth synths and synthetic drum sounds in her long-awaited return to pop music.
Abbie Thompson, Contributing Writer October 26, 2022

After months of Machiavellian teasing on social media, Taylor Swift has finally released her highly anticipated 10th studio album “Midnights,” signaling her official return...

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Review: ‘Barbarian’ is a gleeful homage to things that go bump in the night

An Airbnb rental mishap goes awry in a horror debut for the ages. “Barbarian” is currently playing in theaters nationwide.
Colleen Secaur, Staff Writer October 14, 2022

Zach Cregger’s “Barbarian” seems to be multiple films in one. Just when you think you’ve got your finger on what you’re watching, the tone, plot and pacing shifts and...

Mia Goth, who plays Pearl, is dressed in a red dress and swings a hatchet.

Review: ‘Pearl’ sees Mia Goth play an atypical homicidal heroine

A slasher-film fanatic’s dream, A24’s second installment in the “X” franchise, “Pearl,” is one not to miss, currently playing in theaters.
Samantha Burge and Shreya Wankhade September 19, 2022

A prequel to last spring’s raw twist on horror “X,” “Pearl” gives audiences the disturbing backstory of excruciatingly horny anti-hero Pearl. This past Tuesday, Sept....

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Review: ‘You Won’t Be Alone’ meditates on the simultaneous universality and individuality of the human experience

Goran Stolevski’s “You Won’t Be Alone” (2022), a fantasy film set in rural 19th century Macedonia, tells the story of a witch who learns to navigate the world in a human body.
Lorena Campes, Staff Writer April 13, 2022

Content warning: This article mentions abuse and sexual assault.  Filmmaking and movie-watching have evolved into collective processes and experiences. When it comes to international...

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Review: ‘All My Friends Hate Me’ is cringe comedy and psychological horror at its most uncomfortable

Andrew Gaynord’s “All My Friends Hate Me” (2021) is an unsettling visualization of social anxiety. The film follows Pete as he reconnects with old college friends in celebration of his 31st birthday, only to come to the sinister conclusion that they are all plotting against him.
Lorena Campes, Staff Writer March 23, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article includes spoilers for “All My Friends Hate Me.”  Low-budget horror movies and “enlightened” comedies with a central heart-to-heart storyline...