NYCB’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is an Eye-Opener

By Ryan Mikel, Contributing Writer In a departure from the New York City Ballet’s neoclassical roots, artistic director Peter Martins staged the famed “Sleeping Beauty” with additional choreography by George Balanchine. With over 100 student and professional dancers, “The Sleeping Beauty” is a paramount live adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s classic fairy tale. Martins’ production…

Hump Day Update: 2/15/17

By Rachel A.G. Gilman Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, but if you’re still looking for the…

Anthology Highlights Leonard Cohen’s Greatest Score

By Daniella Nichinson, Staff Writer 2016 took the life of one of the few talented artists left from a revolutionary generation, a poet as much as a musician — Leonard Cohen. His lyrics captured the core of humanity, haunting listeners with their gravity and moving melodies. To honor Cohen’s immeasurable brilliance, Anthology Film Archives will…

“My Name is Emily” is Beautiful, Painful and Comforting

By Anubhuti Kumar, Staff Writer Green meadows, luscious trees, quaint towns, empty roads and peace as far as the eye can see. “My Name is Emily” takes audiences on a trip across the idyllic Irish countryside, which stands in sharp contrast with the pain and angst of the main characters fragmented family lives. Evanna Lynch…

New New Yorkers Telling Jokes About New York

By Matias Avial, Contributing Writer New York has attracted tourists and immigrants from all over the world for decades, and the comedians at “Transplants Comedy Show” are no exception to the rule. On the first Friday of every month, humorists from around the globe gather monthly in Queens to joke about their experiences away from…

Eagles of Death Metal Revisit the Paris Attacks

By Kinder Labatt, Contributing Writer Directing a film that reflects a dreadful terrorist attack in an equally hopeful and refreshing manner has been proven to be a difficult task, yet Colin Hanks has done just that. Still new to the director’s chair, Hank’s sophomore documentary, “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis,” recounts the horrifying acts…

AFI Tear Through Terminal 5

By Ward Pettibone, Contributing Writer Describing an AFI show as energetic is like describing a parachute jump as refreshing. Parachute jumps at least involve safety equipment, but there was none in sight as frontman Davey Havok stepped out onto — yes, onto — the crowd at Terminal 5 in the most surreal moment of the…

‘Akron’ is an Impotent Love Story

By Tristen Calderon, Staff Writer Sasha King and Brian O’Donnell’s new film “Akron” tells the sweet and simple story of two boys who fall in love in college. With honest representations of homosexuality in mainstream media still lacking, a story like this one should carry some impact. However, the uninspired attempt at writing drama and…

“Land of Mine” Is A Thought-Provoking Post-WW2 Drama

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer Danish Director Martin Zandvliet’s new film “Land of Mine” follows the tale of a group of German prisoners of war (POWs) who are forced to defuse landmines, making for a complex and heartrending film. It successfully portrays the Nazi POWs not as evil men being made to pay for their…

Mariah Carey’s “I Don’t:” Defiant and Empowering

By Christopher Collado, Contributing Writer Despite going through a whirlwind of drama and controversy over the past year — from breaking up with ex-fiancee James Packer to her malfunctioning New Year’s Eve performance — Mariah Carey has risen above it all and has released her new song “I Don’t” featuring rapper YG on Friday, Feb….

“American Fable” is One Silo Short of a Success

By Sidney Williams, Contributing Writer In her directorial debut, Anne Hamilton’s “American Fable” is an intriguing attempt by a young director to incorporate mysticism and thriller-like scenes into the simple backstory of a family’s financial struggles. Influenced by the likes of Terrence Malick and Guillermo del Toro, Hamilton delivers picturesque shots of farmland and eerie…

Off the Wall: Heat Maps

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer In today’s vernacular, the title “Syrian refugee” is a tight package of language, used to efficiently describe a mass of displaced human beings: a title capable of neatly grouping a people to allow for rationalization of empathy over cups of coffee in cafes. The “Syrian Refugee Crisis” has become a…