Asghar Farhadi, Donald Trump, and the Art of Unintended Consequences

“The Salesman,” the latest film from the acclaimed director of “A Separation,” offers a timely portrait of people and places on the verge of collapse­—and an important reminder of the moral power of art.

The Road-to-Ruin Cure

The things that you want are not necessarily the things that are good.

Leia Shot First: Saying Goodbye to Carrie Fisher

“My generation was not tainted by the fantasy of Leia, but rather encouraged to aspire to the love of women like her.”

Poverty on Television: “Shameless” and the American Dream

The Showtime drama, which was just renewed for an eighth season, offers a brutally humanizing portrayal of lower-class American life.

Make Stars Hollow Great Again: The Unsettlingly Relevant Political Reality of “Gilmore Girls”

Behind the blur of words and scrim of melodrama, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s beloved series shows us a buffoonish tyrant at work.

Black Lives, Matter of Fact: The Humor and Humanity of “Last Chance U” and “Atlanta”

What two of the best shows of the year say about our country as a community and a comedy, and why you should be watching.

“Doctor Strange” Is a Magical Mystery Tour

But don’t expect it to abandon the Marvel formula.

Zen and the Art of Watching Tom Cruise Run

The current legacy of America’s most complicated movie star has long been defined by a YouTube clip of him jumping on a couch, but—praise Xenu—we finally have something to replace it.

Announcing FLOOD 5, Available Now for Physical Purchase and Free Download

Featuring cover stories on Daveed Diggs and Angel Olsen.

Coming Attractions: The Makings of the Modern Movie Trailer

The man who whetted your appetite for some of the best films of the past twenty-five years tells us how a preview comes together.

Transcendence Is Key: Two Disrupted Nights with David Lynch

Downtown LA’s Theatre at Ace Hotel played host to the director’s Festival of Disruption this weekend.

The Back Pages: Jim Jarmusch’s “Down by Law”

While it doesn’t enjoy the reputation of its two predecessors—”Permanent Vacation” and “Stranger Than Paradise”—the director’s third film offers pleasures that are uniquely its own.

The Back Pages: Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”

The 2012 film adaptation of David Mitchell’s grand story has its share of flaws, but it exceeds Mitchell’s work in the novel’s grandest ambition: being a moral work of art.

RIP: Gene Wilder (1933–2016)

The legend of dry, soulful comedy passed away this morning at his home in Connecticut.

Yes, Hi, Hello: Might I Direct You to the “Family Man” Website from 2001?

Nic Cage movies (and romantic regrets) are timeless, but web design is not.

Disappoint Your Mom and Recreate Your Favorite “South Park” Scenes at LA’s Paley Center

The South Park 20 Experience comes to the media organization’s Los Angeles branch.

“Joshy”: The Boys Get Out of Town

Thomas Middleditch and half of your favorite comic actors come together for a non-bachelor party.

Netflix Reveals the Surprisingly Complex World of Professional Bull Riding in “Fearless”

The six-episode documentary series premieres August 19.

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