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A Common Theme for This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

The documentary 4.1 Miles opens to a bright, sunny day on the Aegean Sea. It’s October 28, 2015, and for a moment the...

Why Do We Call Celebrities ‘Stars’?

It makes so much sense to refer to certain kinds of celebrities as “stars.” At their heights, those people inspire the rest of...

Frank Ocean Makes a Surprising—but Welcome—Slide Back to Pop

Updated on March 1, 2017“Frank Ocean appears courtesy of Frank Ocean,” reads the liner notes to Calvin Harris’s new single “Slide,” which in...

And the Oscars Will Go to …

It’s that time of year again, when we can all grouse about the inanity of the Oscars: how the Academy ignores blockbusters or...

‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ Is a Dark, Goofy Neo-Noir

“What do you want?” an exasperated petty criminal asks Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey), who’s in the middle of the strange vigilante rampage at...

Can Marine Le Pen Win France’s Presidency?

Marine Le Pen is hoping the wave of populism sweeping the Western world carries her to the Élysée Palace.“The wind of history has...

On Denzel Washington’s Enduring Stardom

The list of actors who have won three Oscars is vanishingly short. Walter Brennan (a character actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age), Jack Nicholson,...

‘Get Out’ Is a Funny and Brilliantly Subversive Horror Film

The opening scene of Get Out is a familiar horror-movie image—a stranger walking an unfamiliar street, in the dead of night, nervously looking...

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