Pop Culture Resents the Establishment Too—Megan Garber reveals how American movies and TV shows helped predict the rise of Donald Trump, and the rebuke of Hillary Clinton.
Arrival’s Timely Message About Empathy—David Sims chats with the sci-fi film’s screenwriter about the geopolitics of the movie and creating an alien language.
Fantastic Beasts Charts a New Path Through a Familiar World—Christopher Orr journeys through the newest J.K. Rowling tale, which feels like a Harry Potter spinoff, but not a knockoff.
The Edge of Seventeen Is an Instant Teen Classic—David Sims praises Kelly Freamon Craig’s beautiful, sometimes abrasive, coming-of-age debut film.
Nocturnal Animals: The Art Without the Heart—Christopher Orr reviews Tom Ford’s latest film, which has the director’s signature style, but is ultimately lacking in depth.
A Tribe Called Quest and the Shadow of Trump—Spencer Kornhaber finds politics and solace in the legendary hip-hop group’s remarkable final album, We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service.
It Pays to Be a Jerk, Bob Dylan Edition—Megan Garber believes the iconic songwriter’s latest antics around the Nobel Prize reveal pop culture’s tendency to celebrate bad behavior.