The Complex Humanity of Black Mirror—Jeff VanderMeer analyzes the Netflix show’s unique moral and narrative depth, as it returned for a third season.
How Rom-Coms Undermine Women—Megan Garber traces the popular genre’s consistently reductive portrayals of love, and how they particularly affect female characters.
The Message of Newtown: Please Don’t Forget—Sophie Gilbert reviews the heart-wrenching new documentary that examines how a community can begin to heal in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
In Hacksaw Ridge, Faith Is a Bloody Business—David Sims watches Mel Gibson’s new film, a characteristically violent and passionate portrayal of a conscientious objector in World War II.
There’s Little Magic to Be Found in Dr. Strange—Christopher Orr laments the disappointing new addition to the Marvel film universe.
Loving and the Ordinary Love That Made History—David Sims looks at Jeff Nichols’s beautifully restrained film about the couple behind the case that struck down bans on interracial marriage.
Atlanta’s Brilliant Reckoning With Money—Spencer Kornhaber unpacks the season finale of Donald Glover’s hit FX show.
One Key to Westworld: Video Games—David Sims analyzes how the HBO drama is offering intelligent commentary on the appeal and limitations of immersive, fictional universes.
Hulu’s Bid to Replace Cable—David Sims indicates what the company’s new deal with Disney and Fox could mean for the future of television.
Mel Gibson Is Not Sorry—Megan Garber questions whether the controversial actor-director is really seeking forgiveness after his appearance on The Late Show.
The Crown Is a Sweeping, Sumptuous History Lesson—David Sims weighs in on the opulent new Netflix show, which focuses on the early years in the reign of Elizabeth II.
Trevor Noah’s Eventful Year—Vann R. Newkirk talks to the Daily Show host about his upcoming book, the cultural similarities between South Africa and the U.S., and the absurdity of the 2016 election.