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“JANET JACKSON” Promised Honesty, But Delivered a Controlled—and Constrained—Narrative

For all its attempts at unabashed honesty, “JANET JACKSON.” is deceptively guarded: Jackson still seeks shelter in an unknowable self, hidden from even her closest family and friends. Read more »

The Most Realistic Part of “Euphoria”? Its Depiction of Caregiving.

Unlike the series’s more graphic depictions of violence, substance use, and sex, Euphoria’s portrayal of kids in caregiving positions runs quietly in the background. Read more »

“Jackass” Made Me the Trans Woman I Am

What Jackass has—what makes it “forever”—is genuine heart. Read more »

Fantasy vs. Reality: What "Encanto" Gets Right—and Wrong—About Colombia

While Disney’s “Encanto” represents parts of Colombia’s diasporic cultural experience, its mirage of multicultural equity downplays the reality of marginalized communities in Latin America. Read more »

Confused and Lacking: “The Lost Daughter” Erases the Depth of Elena Ferrante's Book

By omitting the rich interiority of the main character, the film adaptation renders flat the book’s complex discussion of motherhood and class. Read more »

What We Lose When Music Divas Become Movie Stars

 When pop stars turn to film, they’re at the whims of mostly male directors who squander their visionary talent. Read more »

“Yellowjackets” and the Disturbing Reality of Social Contract

With Yellowjackets, the so-called “puzzle-box show” achieves a kind of maturity by doing away with the conspiratorially furrowed brow of the masculine heroes who are obsessed with, and eventually resolve, whatever metaphysical conundrum that has made life unlivable. Read more »

13 Shows and Movies We Loved in 2021

From the unexpected buzz around Squid Game’s horrifying meditation on the problem of debt in South Korea to the catharsis of Mayday’s feminist revenge. Read more »

9 Shows and Movies We Hated in 2021

These are some of the biggest disappointments we saw this year. Read more »

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No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »