The Atlantic’s Week in Culture
A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment
‘Moonlight, Best Picture’: The Oscars and the Rare Power of Shock—Megan Garber analyzes how surprise can be a wonderful thing in an era when audiences are usually so sure.
The Oscars Have Never Ended Like This—David Sims recaps a shocking end to the 89th Academy Awards, which saw Moonlight go home with the Best Picture award over La La Land.
The Shadow of Trump at the Oscars—Sophie Gilbert discusses the overwhelming presence of the president at the awards ceremony.
Five Ways of Seeing Five Minutes of ‘Real People’ at the Oscars—Spencer Kornhaber asks whether Jimmy Kimmel’s prank humbled Hollywood or just condescended to the band of tourists at the awards show.
What Moonlight’s Win Says About the Oscars’ Future—David Sims wonders how the film’s massive Best Picture win will affect the Academy Awards.
Viola Davis’s Urgent Call to ‘Exhume the Ordinary’—Spencer Kornhaber dissects the Best Supporting Actress’s moving speech.
The ‘Only’ Profession That ‘Celebrates What It Means to Live a Life’—Spencer Kornhaber tackles some of the criticism of Viola Davis’s acceptance speech at the Oscars.
Logan Is a Fitting Farewell to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine—David Sims believes that the new grim, R-rated film is an appropriate way for the comic-book icon to ride into the sunset.
In Get Out, the Eyes Have It—Lenika Cruz analyzes the significance of sight in Jordan Peele’s excellent new horror film.
What Was Louis Theroux Trying to Do With My Scientology Movie?—Sophie Gilbert argues that the British documentarian’s newest project is a fascinating failure.
Table 19 Doesn’t Know Whether to Be Nasty or Nice—David Sims bemoans Jeffrey Blitz’s staid and irritating new rom-com.
What Is ‘The Media’? (Jon Stewart Edition)—Megan Garber unpacks the former Daily Show host’s appearance on The Late Show, in which he rebuked the press’s approach to Trump.
Could YouTube TV Mean the End of Cable?—David Sims wonders how successful the newly announced $35-a-month live-television package will be.
Donald Trump and Late-Night: Two (Completely Different) Strategies—Megan Garber analyzes the divergent ways in which Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel approach the president.
In National Treasure, a Comedian Faces Disgrace—Sophie Gilbert reviews the four-part Hulu series imported from Britain.
Stephen Colbert and Patrick Stewart Wait for Godot (and an Obamacare Replacement)—Sophie Gilbert recaps the actor and late-night host’s homage to Samuel Beckett in a time of uncertainty surrounding healthcare.
Conan O’Brien’s Empathetic Trip to Mexico—David Sims shows how the late-night host emphasized America’s common interests with its neighbor in his latest international special.
Corinne Found the Perfect Way to Rebel Against The Bachelor—Megan Garber analyzes the exit of the reality show’s appointed villain.
Feud: Bette and Joan Deconstructs a Rivalry for Tragedy, Not Comedy—Spencer Kornhaber watches the new FX series from Ryan Murphy.
The Case for the Flâneuse—Arnav Adhikari talks to the author Lauren Elkin about the forgotten history of women wanderers who fought back against the masculine notion of the drifter.
Lorde Joyfully Crashes Into Her Next Chapter—Spencer Kornhaber listens to the inventive pop star’s comeback single “Green Light.”
Future Contains Multitudes—Spencer Kornhaber illustrates the Atlanta rapper’s versatility with two very different records released in the span of two weeks.
The Magnificent Harmony of Sunday in the Park With George—Sophie Gilbert reviews the Broadway revival of the Sondheim musical starring Jake Gyllenhaal.