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‘Tasting Menu’ lacks necessary zest

‘Tasting Menu’ lacks necessary zest

April 16, 2014
Filed under ARTS

The highlight of eating at a fancy restaurant is often its delectable and varied menu. Director Roger Gual certainly adopted this philosophy in his latest feature film, “Tasting Menu.” With a multicultural cast, engaging plotline and enticing edible smorgasbord, Gual succeeds in creating a satisfying... Read more »

Arts Issue: Hollywood ‘It Girls’ win audiences over with charm

Arts Issue: Hollywood ‘It Girls’ win audiences over with charm

April 10, 2014
Filed under ARTS

With her subtle femininity, sheer beauty and sincere persona, the “It Girl” — any up-and-coming performer who charms her way to fame — is idolized by Hollywood and its adoring audience. This archetype has evolved from a periodical phrase to a legitimate distinction in the entertainment industry. ... Read more »

Cory Monteith shines in ‘McCanick’

Cory Monteith shines in ‘McCanick’

March 26, 2014
Filed under ARTS

With an abundance of fast-paced police dramas on television, it might seem logical to try to translate these stories to film. Yet “McCanick,” the latest action flick from director Josh Waller, rests on undefined presumptions and ultimately leaves the audience wanting more, much like the seria... Read more »

Alum’s documentary explores adolescence

Alum’s documentary explores adolescence

March 12, 2014
Filed under ARTS

While the adolescent experience has been documented countless times on screen and in fiction, the origin and history of these adventures is explored less often. Documentary filmmaker and NYU alumnus Matt Wolf details the birth of youth culture in his latest project, “Teenage.” Presenting a personal and... Read more »

Alum Jim Mickle talks untraditional horror film ‘We Are What We Are’

Alum Jim Mickle talks untraditional horror film ‘We Are What We Are’

September 27, 2013
Filed under ARTS

  Few horror films have the ability to truly shock their audience, but Jim Mickle’s “We Are What We Are” does so effortlessly. In an exclusive interview with WSN, Mickle, an alumnus from the Tisch School of the Arts, discussed how he accomplished this feat. Chronicling the decomp... Read more »

Keanu Reeves shines in ‘Generation Um…’ despite subpar filmmaking

Keanu Reeves shines in ‘Generation Um…’ despite subpar filmmaking

May 2, 2013
Filed under ARTS

The famously strong and silent Keanu Reeves has returned to the spotlight in “Generation Um…” as a rambling, choppy character with a dim sense of heart. Writer and director Mark Mann succeeds in highlighting the often underrated acting ability of his leading man. Undeniably the star of the show, Reev... Read more »

‘Brass Teapot’ serves laughs, ethical values, greed

‘Brass Teapot’ serves laughs, ethical values, greed

April 2, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Editor's Picks

Based on a timeless fantasy, “The Brass Teapot” is a fairy tale for adults with mature con- sequences and morals to boot. Playing upon themes of greed, waning values and materialism, first-time director Ramaa Mos- ley introduces a film that not only entertains but also relates to the harsh r... Read more »

‘How to Survive a Plague’ enlightens audience about AIDS epidemic

‘How to Survive a Plague’ enlightens audience about AIDS epidemic

February 20, 2013
Filed under ARTS

The last 20 years of the 20th century were marred by the spread of the AIDS virus. Yet much has been concealed regarding the powerful medical advances that made treatment, and most importantly survival, possible. Chronicling the heart of the AIDS epidemic, first-time director David France’s “How ... Read more »

Glimpse inside Sheen’s mind too familiar in ‘Charles Swan III’

Glimpse inside Sheen’s mind too familiar in ‘Charles Swan III’

February 8, 2013
Filed under ARTS

A few years after his highly publicized and grotesque meltdown, actor Charlie Sheen returns to cinema with Roman Coppola’s newest feature, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.” While most would assume this role might be a way for Sheen to make a comeback into more professional roles,... Read more »

‘California Solo’ creates endearing picture of troubled artist

November 29, 2012
Filed under ARTS, Exclude From Homepage List

Equal parts character study and realistic depiction of an aging star, “California Solo” dares not to conform to cliché, instead portraying the gripping story of an enchanting lead character. The film follows fading British pop idol Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle), a down on his luck former... Read more »

Indie favorite John Hawkes returns in fascinating drama

Indie favorite John Hawkes returns in fascinating drama

October 18, 2012
Filed under ARTS

Most films featuring a severely disabled protagonist are tear-jerking, heart-wrenching dramas that leave the viewer feeling guilty for his or her own pampered life. But “The Sessions” is a notable exception to this rule. After achieving much critical acclaim from Sundance Film Festival, the movie... Read more »

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