The Imperfect Power of I Am Not Your Negro—Dagmawi Woubshet praises Raoul Peck’s new documentary on James Baldwin, but critiques its omission of the writer’s sexuality.
John Wick: Chapter 2 Is More Brilliant, Bloody Fun—David Sims revels in the sequel to the Keanu Reeves-starring cult classic.
Will There Ever Be a Great Video-Game Movie?—David Sims examines the artistic potential of the derided subgenre of films.
The Lego Batman Movie Is the Funniest Superhero Movie in Years—David Sims enjoys the new animated film, which deconstructs pop culture’s angriest comic-book character.
The Genius of Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live—Sophie Gilbert pinpoints why the actress’s surprise appearance on the sketch show was so hilarious and effective.
Netflix and Chill With a Michael Bolton Valentine’s Day Special—Sophie Gilbert watches the surreal comedy that tasks the ’80s soft-rock god with saving romance.
‘Recruit Rosie’: When Satire Joins the Resistance—Megan Garber discusses the possibility and implications of the comedian playing Steve Bannon on SNL.
Stephen Colbert’s New Approach to Trump Is Working—David Sims explains why the Late Show host’s ratings are finally taking a turn for the better.
What Is CNN For? (Samantha Bee Edition)—Megan Garber recaps the Full Frontal host’s tips on making the cable-news network great again.
The Wistful, Sharp Return of Girls—Sophie Gilbert argues that the HBO show is considering a deeper purpose in its sixth and final season.
The Super Bowl That Felt Like Destiny—Robert O’Connell recaps an incredible win for the New England Patriots, who overcame a huge lead to beat the Atlanta Falcons and make history.
Lady Gaga Made America Spectacular Again—Spencer Kornhaber unpacks the singer’s dazzling halftime show at the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl LI Ads Sold an Escape to the Future—Sophie Gilbert analyzes the overarching desire to move forward expressed in this year’s commercials.
The Key to Writing a Mystery Is Asking the Perfect Question—Joe Fassler talks to the veteran author John Rechy about the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of an unsolved narrative, as part of The Atlantic’s ongoing “By Heart” series.
‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ and the Age of the Weaponized Meme—Megan Garber weighs in on the power of Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced by Mitch McConnell in the Senate chamber.
Your 2017 Grammys Cheat Sheet—Spencer Kornhaber lays out the categories, performances, and artists to look out for at this year’s ceremony.
Migos the Pioneers—Spencer Kornhaber demystifies the surprising success of the Atlanta rap trio’s new number-one album, Culture.
Katy Perry Proclaims a New Era of ‘Purposeful Pop’—Spencer Kornhaber explains how the singer’s latest release is a cheerfully depressing indictment of society.
The Political Saga of Avocados—Sophie Gilbert traces the surprisingly contentious history of the popular fruit.