The Year American Speech Became Art — Ted Gioia on how technology and cultural trends turned Yankee diction into a global force during a whirlwind 15-month period in the late 1920s.
Popstar: Celebrity Satire Done Right — David Sims on how the first film from Saturday Night Live’s Lonely Island trio gently mocks the fame of popstars like Justin Bieber.
Reshoot First: Rogue One’s Familiar Troubles — Spencer Kornhaber on how the Star Wars franchise has a long history of mixed pre-release reviews and complicated post-production.
Hollywood’s Sequels Are Wearing Thin — David Sims on how the lukewarm box office for films like X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass is part of a worrying trend for major movie studios.
Why the Roots Remake Is So Important — Stephane Dunn on how the new version of the 1977 classic miniseries is the rare work that focuses on slavery from the perspective of the enslaved.
Maya & Marty Shovels Dirt Onto the TV Variety Show — David Sims on how NBC’s latest effort to resurrect a classic TV format feels, at best, like reheated Saturday Night Live leftovers.
Game of Thrones: All in the Family — Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Blood of My Blood,” the sixth episode of the sixth season.