Arts & Letters


A Washed-Out Dr. House—With Hooves

Neflix original “BoJack Horseman” brings a cartoon spin to the recovering man-child.

Noruz Films

Foreclosures on the Silver Screen

“99 Homes” pairs Hollywood stars alongside real-life evictees to cut to the heart of the housing crisis.

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Shakespeare on Film

A reader-requested list.

A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division returns fire with a M249 light machine gun during combat operations in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on March 29, 2011. DoD photo by Pfc. Cameron Boyd, U.S. Army. (Released)

What’s It Like to Be in Battle?

Historians may never fully comprehend the soldier’s experience, but several are trying.

illustration by Michael Hogue

How Red Was My Hollywood

In an age grappling with class, race, identity, and the Great Depression, many artists flirted with the left.

Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Elogio

One Drug War—Extra Dark

“Sicario” recycles the violent nihilism of “Breaking Bad” without shedding any new light.

Warner Bros. Pictures

The FBI’s Homemade Mobster

A ghoulish Johnny Depp channels Whitey Bulger’s malice in a story of literal “gangster government.”

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