The Atlantic’s Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment

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Always the SidekickLilian Min questions why East Asian actors continue to play only supporting roles in big-budget action movies, despite Hollywood’s efforts to court the Chinese box office.

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Clint Eastwood, Bard of CompetenceMegan Garber examines the director’s portrayal of everyday miracles in his newest film, Sully.

The Silliness of SullyChristopher Orr reviews the disappointing new Clint Eastwood film that is maybe only rescued by Tom Hanks, who plays the eponymous heroic pilot.



What to Watch This FallDavid Sims looks ahead to a television season full of reboots, revivals, adaptations, and some original stories.

Atlanta’s Magic Is in the DetailsVann R. Newkirk II revels in the subtleties and surrealism of Donald Glover’s new FX show.

The Pointless, Nasty Spectacle of the Comedy Central RoastDavid Sims bemoans the growing irrelevance of the annual special.

The Corner of Hollywood and MotherhoodDavid Sims finds joy in the bitter humor of FX’s new comedy Better Things, starring Louie’s Pamela Adlon.

The Quiet Tragicomedy of One MississippiDavid Sims identifies the real-life struggles and empathetic humor at the heart of Tig Notaro’s new Amazon series.

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Sia’s Wonderful and Sad Music Video for OrlandoSpencer Kornhaber unpacks the singer’s newest song in light of other artists’ tributes to the tragedy in Florida.

Carly Rae Jepsen, the Most Useful Pop StarSpencer Kornhaber celebrates the unique ferocity and utility of the singer, in light of her latest release.

Lady Gaga’s Seriously Stomping ‘Perfect Illusion’Spencer Kornhaber revels in the highly anticipated head-rush of a new single from the pop star.

M.I.A. Claims Victory, in Her WaySpencer Kornhaber listens to the latest (and supposedly last) release from the rapper who chose her politics over celebrity.

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The View From BaltimoreZach Hindin reviews The Cook Up, a memoir by D. Watkins that explores drugs, race, and class for audiences living in different Americas.

Characters Don’t Change, but Readers DoJoe Fassler talks to the novelist and poet Alice Mattison about her literary influences, as part of The Atlantic’s ongoing “By Heart” series.