Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 5:25pm

“Hustlers” isn’t just a story about ex-strippers performing a series of heists aimed at the Wall Street con-men who tanked the economy. It’s also not just the best movie of 2019 (though to this writer, it is most certainly that). “Hustlers” is a time capsule. It conjures magic through the story it tells in that specific way only cinema can — by plunging the viewer directly into the characters’ world. Its set design and costuming give the movie a distinct texture, evoking a highly specific place and time — in this case, New York City during the financial crash of 2008.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 9:31pm

But if there’s a central conceit at the heart of the film, it’s about how women navigate that tricky, constantly moving target that is the intersection between their bodies and the profit they can extract from them.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:05pm

The personal isn’t political, Zink argues, but the political might just be personal.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 3:58pm

And yet, despite the juiciness of the conceit and the caliber of the actors anchoring the piece, absolutely nothing in this film captures the attention or imagination of the audience.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:49pm

Young adult literature has two lives: The first is during adolescence, when the stories being told connect directly with their target audience. YA helps people through their teenage years, offering relatable characters and exciting adventures, teaching empathy and resilience. Its second life comes when the stories worm their way under the skin of the readers and become roots, firmly planted as a part of the reader’s DNA.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:50am

In “The Archer,” Taylor is well and truly alone, maybe for the first time since she stepped onto the public stage in 2006.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 5:25pm

Like Hazel Grace with “An Imperial Affliction,” John Green’s work feels intensely personal to me. It’s evangelical-zeal-inducing and formative in every sense of the word, not only emotionally or intellectually, but also in terms of real relationships Green’s work has impacted my life.

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:38pm
Alex Honnold

When I watch Alex Honnold climb, it makes me crave that perfect solitude, the simultaneous rootedness and weightlessness he experiences when the sum total of his existence in that moment hinges on putting one foot in front of the other.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 3:32pm
Maria Popova

Popova examines the lives of the people — mostly queer women — usually excluded from science writing, and in doing so, crafts a narrative about the way people move through history and the way they perceive the scope of the universe. As Virginia Woolf would describe it, “Figuring” is, “no longer rooted, but gold flowing.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 3:21pm

She was a deeply complicated person who carried with her a lot of talent and a lot of trauma, and her life bore the weight of both. And yet, despite every good attempt to sketch her many facets in full three dimension, Benedict’s novel ultimately flattens Lamarr.