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The 12 months’s greatest films, TV reveals, and books

Spend time with our writers’ picks this weekend.

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This was the 12 months of the sold-out stadium tour, double-feature mania, superstar memoirs (and documentaries), and superhero fatigue. It was additionally the 12 months of the Hollywood strike, controversy over e-book bans, and the rise of AI music. The Atlantic’s Tradition group seemed again on 2023 and compiled lists of the 12 months’s greatest films, TV reveals, albums, books, and podcasts. Spend a while with their picks this weekend.

First, listed here are three new tales from The Atlantic:

Better of 2023

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The ten Greatest Movies of 2023

By David Sims

“I opted for a mixture of previous and new, small and large … from a modest YouTube documentary to a near-billion-dollar-grossing dramatic extravaganza. The enterprise continues to be figuring itself out, maybe, however the medium is as vibrant as ever.”

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The 15 Greatest TV Exhibits of 2023

By Megan Garber, Sophie Gilbert, Hannah Giorgis, and Shirley Li

“The twin actors’ and writers’ strikes in Hollywood shut down productions whereas exposing the issues diminishing the standard of the reveals being made. Nonetheless, the record under exemplifies the small display screen’s artistic breadth this 12 months.”

A woman wearing headphones and dancing
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The ten Greatest Albums of 2023

By Spencer Kornhaber

“The music trade has been beset by considerations about market saturation, brought on by an ever-rising flood of latest songs onto streaming providers … However trying again over a 12 months of nice albums provides a reminder that extra actually will be extra: extra melodies, extra breakthroughs, extra artwork.”

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The ten Greatest Books of 2023

By The Atlantic Tradition Desk

“We have been drawn to bold tasks, and seemed for writing that was clear and exquisite. Most vital, we looked for books that you just gained’t be capable of put down.”

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The 25 Greatest Podcasts of 2023

By Laura Jane Standley

“These reveals premiered contemporary frameworks, experimented with sound design, and elevated underrepresented voices and tales … We provide them as a compass for unpredictable instances, a pick-me-up for winter blues, and, we hope, a touch of readability in instances to return.”


  • The Weekly Planet: A very powerful expertise of 2023 wasn’t AI, Saahil Desai writes.
  • The Books Briefing: Authors have discovered themselves blindsided by the belief that their very own books have been used to coach AI, Gal Beckerman wrote in a September version we’re revisiting right now.
  • Atlantic Intelligence: What’s going to subsequent 12 months maintain for AI? Damon Beres explores our writers’ evaluation of the expertise’s trajectory from right here.

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    Night Learn

    A man in a grocery store in the early morning
    Max Mikulecky

    The Nocturnals

    By Religion Hill

    Whereas most individuals are quick asleep, there’s a complete world of people who find themselves unsleeping. They go to work, drive round, run errands at 24-hour shops. On this parallel universe, there are not often crowds, nor site visitors, nor strains; no awkward shuffling round different customers within the grocery aisle, no run-ins with neighbors or cacophony of e-mail notifications. Because the solar rises, these nocturnal folks settle right down to sleep.

    They don’t all wish to reside this manner. A few of them need to; they’ve sleep issues, or night-shift jobs. However a few of them need this very a lot—sufficient to hunt out these evening shifts, to coach themselves to wake at midnight. They do that as a result of of the isolation, not regardless of it. I talked to individuals who painted me a magical image of their nighttime world: of beautiful, profound solitude; of reduction; of escape.

    Learn the total article.

    Tradition Break

    Still from Julie and Julia
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    Learn. Valentine,” a brand new poem by Rachel Coye:

    “The deer within the snow turned away / from my flashlight and kettle / to let me combat with the ice alone. / I used to be pondering of you then, / of your sleeping head, / of your maskless mouth.”

    Watch. You’ll wish to revisit these 25 feel-good films, compiled by our critic in 2020, many times.

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