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17 movies to watch out for in 2023

Priya Kansara in Polite Society. | Sundance Institute From the sinister to the exuberant, the films you don’t want to miss. In January, while Oscars discourse roils and people are still catching up on last year’s best movies, a new crop arrives via the Sundance Film Festival. This year, after two years online, the festival returned to Park...

We can’t grieve what we can’t remember

Augusto and Paulina in The Eternal Memory. | Sundance Institute Two blistering, beautiful new docs show the brutality of repressing our collective memories. There’s a liminal space just adjacent to grief. It’s where you live when anticipating loss that hasn’t yet arrived — the loved one with a terminal diagnosis, the crisis looming on the...

Vintage Contemporaries is a warm-hearted novel that walks in the footsteps of Laurie Colwin

Vintage Contemporaries by Dan Kois | HarperCollins In his debut novel, Dan Kois vividly conjures the lost New York of 1991. Early on in Vintage Contemporaries, an exceptionally warm-hearted new novel by Slate columnist Dan Kois, two women who are both named Emily start to become friends. “If we were characters in a story,” says one of the...

What can the world learn from China’s “zero-Covid” lockdown?

Volunteers deliver food supplies to residents at a gated community after Shanghai imposed a citywide lockdown to halt the spread of Covid-19 epidemic on April 8, 2022 in Shanghai, China. | Chen Chen/VCG via Getty Images Short-term lockdowns could be key to ending pandemics early. For the first time in three years, millions traveled within...

What we know about the killing of Tyre Nichols

People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Tyre Nichols was killed after he was brutally beaten by Memphis police officers on the evening of January 7. Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, was pulled over for what police said was reckless...

Lawmakers won’t compromise on police reform. Will Tyre Nichols’s killing change that?

Demonstrators protest the death of Tyre Nichols on January 28, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images New calls for police reform face old Democratic and Republican divisions in Congress. The release of footage on Friday of Memphis police violently beating Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who died from his injuries three...

Clean energy is taking over the Texas grid. State officials are trying to stop it.

Texas is the largest wind energy producer in the United States. | Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images Wind and solar are rapidly growing, but Texas Republicans want to throw a lifeline to natural gas. Clean energy is rapidly rising on the Texas power grid, but regulators in the Lone Star State are now considering a plan that could give fossil...

The Good Morning America anchors who made us love cheating scandals exit ABC

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes at the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon on November 6 in New York City. | Bryan Bedder/New York Road Runners via Getty Images Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes prove we still love a classic tabloid drama. What makes a scandal truly scandalous as opposed to just something to gossip about over morning coffee? Ever since...

The fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, explained

People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Five Memphis police officers are facing murder charges over Nichols’s death. Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, died earlier this month after he was pulled over by Memphis police who...

How Avatar: The Way of Water can make $2 billion and still feel irrelevant

This is what Sigourney Weaver would look like as an angsty teen half-Na’vi. Weaver voices her and her mother (a human biologist) in Avatar: The Way of Water. | 20th Century Studios James Cameron’s sequel is the global smash no one is talking about. Much like how Sigourney Weaver plays both a bright blue, immaculately conceived Na’vi teenager...

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