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New Film ‘The Institute’ Satisfies With a Twist

New Film ‘The Institute’ Satisfies With a Twist

Anubhuti Kumar, Staff Writer
March 8
Filed under ARTS, Film

James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky’s latest directing venture "The Institute" is less of a thriller than the same-old psych ward mystery flick, though its twist ending keeps it from being a copycat work.

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

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

Carter Glace, Staff Writer
February 16
Filed under ARTS, Film, TOP STORIES

James Franco's latest exploits in film adaptations of classic literature bring us "In Dubious Battle," a star-studded but relatively adequate project.

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James Franco Brings Necessary Ambiguity to “I Am Michael”

James Franco Brings Necessary Ambiguity to “I Am Michael”

Tye Musante, Contributing Writer
January 26
Filed under ARTS, Film

Considering his own history of questioned sexuality, James Franco's casting as famed LGBT-turned-Christian Michael Glatze was perfect.

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“Goat” Illuminates Hazing But Fails to Account for Greater Issues

“Goat” Illuminates Hazing But Fails to Account for Greater Issues

Zach Martin, Editor-at-Large
September 23
Filed under ARTS, Film

Andrew Neel's new film "Goat" brilliantly addresses the issue of hazing within university Greek life, but falls shorts in more than a few other ways.

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Nothing is fine in ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’

Nothing is fine in ‘Every Thing Will Be Fine’

Natalie Whalen, Staff Writer
December 2
Filed under ARTS, Film

Wim Wenders' "Everything Will Be Fine" stars James Franco as a writer who causes a car crash.

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Alumna adapts memoir for film

Alumna adapts memoir for film

Zach Martin, Staff Writer
April 22
Filed under ARTS, Film

NYU alumna Pamela Romanowsky, director of the Tribeca Film Festival film "The Adderall Diaries," spoke with WSN to reflect on her time spent at NYU and how it helped her form pivotal relationships and collaborations.

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Tribeca: ‘Palo Alto’ reveals high school’s harsh reality

Tribeca: ‘Palo Alto’ reveals high school’s harsh reality

April 30
Filed under ARTS

Gia Coppola makes her directorial debut with “Palo Alto,” a teenage movie for the ages that captures the romantic drama, heightened emotions and complex affairs of adolescence. Based on James Franco’s short story collection “Palo Alto Stories,” which narrates the lives of high school st...

Arts Issue: Broadway sees familiar faces take center stage

Arts Issue: Broadway sees familiar faces take center stage

April 10
Filed under ARTS

WSN presents this year’s Broadway stars in an exciting season filled with talent both old and new. Longtime Broadway favorite Idina Menzel shines in “If/Then.” Menzel, an acclaimed singer, actress and songwriter, recently starred in the Disney-hit “Frozen.” She also won a Tony Award for her...

Arts Issue: Celebrities on Broadway overpower productions

Arts Issue: Celebrities on Broadway overpower productions

April 10
Filed under ARTS

Orlando Bloom, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Bryan Cranston and Carly Rae Jepsen are all celebrities who are making or have made their Broadway debuts this season. For all audiences know, Miley Cyrus could be next. In today’s theater age, almost every show has a big name on the billboard — attachi...

Arts Issue: A-list actors step behind camera

Arts Issue: A-list actors step behind camera

April 10
Filed under ARTS

There comes a point when an A-list celebrity may ask him or herself, “Who is the best director I can work with?” Sometimes the answer is, “I am.” Projects by actor-directors throughout film history have yielded mixed results, ranging from Oscar wins and financial successes to self-indulgent va...

“Maladies” lacks vitality to hold audience attention

“Maladies” lacks vitality to hold audience attention

March 25
Filed under ARTS

In “Maladies,” James Franco plays James, a 1960s soap opera star who moves into his friend’s beachside house with his mentally disabled sister Patricia, played by Fallon Goodson. After retiring from acting, James is riddled with hypersensitivities and voices in his head that narrate his act...

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Spring Breakers’ rolls experimental film with party culture

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Spring Breakers’ rolls experimental film with party culture

December 5
Filed under ARTS

The gold-toothed and Southern-accented Alien (James Franco) epitomizes Harmony Korine’s uncompromisingly extravagant work, “Spring Breakers.” He’s gross, unrelentingly immoral and stupid. But there is something more to his character. To call “ Breakers” a simple morality tale would be a disservice to its more...

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