Why TV Needs ‘Weak’ Female Characters—Elizabeth Alsop dissects series like Fleabag and Transparent, which show how vulnerability is as important as unlikeability and strength when it comes to portraying fictional women.
The Novelty and Nostalgia of La La Land—Christopher Orr praises Damien Chazelle’s magnificent new musical, which pays homage to Old Hollywood while fully embracing its present.
The Lead Contenders for This Year’s Oscars—David Sims lays out all the movies battling it out for the film industry’s most prestigious awards.
Hairspray’s Revealing Portrayal of Race in America—Matthew Delmont explains how the 1988 John Waters film, newly adapted into an NBC live musical, presents a view of racial discrimination that’s both naïve and enlightening.
Is O.J. Simpson: Made in America a TV Show or a Movie?—David Sims argues that the new documentary, now tipped for an Oscar, is an example of the increasingly blurred line between the mediums.
Who Would Want an Office Christmas Party Like This One?—Megan Garber watches the new holiday film that manages to be both funny and not terribly fun at the same time.
Miss Sloane’s Washington Is Rotten to Its Core—Sophie Gilbert weighs in on the new movie starring Jessica Chastain as a ruthless gun-control lobbyist.