Little House and the Art of Hiding Your Feelings — Emily Anderson on how Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular book series championed emotional restraint, an approach she’s come to both question and appreciate in adulthood.
On the Abysmal, Excruciating Independence Day: Resurgence — David Sims on how Roland Emmerich’s sequel to his monumental 1996 disaster movie is a lifeless, low-stakes embarrassment to the genre.
The Shallows Is Torture Porn, With a Shark — Megan Garber on how the Blake Lively vehicle, the harrowing tale of a surfer stalked by an angry cartilaginous fish, jumps the … yeah.
The Last of the Great Escapist Blockbusters — Megan Garber on how Roland Emmerich’s 1996 alien invasion fantasy Independence Day’s supreme silliness was precisely what made it awesome.
Serena Is a Compelling Portrait of Greatness — Sophie Gilbert on how a new Epix documentary captures the public face and the private reality of being one of the best athletes of all time.
The Promise of an Actually Fun Justice League — David Sims on how the director Zack Snyder is making changes to his next superhero film after the overwhelmingly negative reaction to Batman v Superman.
Beautiful Thing Is a Masterpiece of Gay Storytelling — Brandon Tensley on how the 1996 British film portrayed its working-class LGBT characters with remarkable sensitivity and nuance.