Sonny Bunch

Dallas, TX

Contributing columnist focusing on popular culture and politics

Sonny Bunch is the culture editor for The Bulwark, where he writes the Screen Time newsletter and hosts a podcast about the business of Hollywood. He is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association and a cohost of the Sub-Beacon podcast.
Latest from Sonny Bunch

Does the world really want an ‘Avatar’ sequel?

James Cameron has a solid track record — and an ace up his sleeve.

May 18, 2022

The ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel is PG-13. That’s because it’s for teens.

An R rating doesn't make a movie high art. And Marvel fans should just admit they like entertainment aimed at kids.

May 13, 2022

A ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ scandal and the downsides of ‘lived experience’

When personal experience is treated like a professional trump card, it becomes an invitation to fraud.

May 5, 2022

‘Tokyo Vice’ and ‘A Hero’ challenge us to face up to our debts

From student loan forgiveness to the federal deficit, debt has become an abstraction to be avoided. These stories argue for confronting it head-on.

April 28, 2022

I went to Disney World. Ignore Twitter: The Kingdom is still magic.

A trip to Disney World isn't simply a reprieve from Twitter and the angry rhetoric that defines that digital morass. It is a reminder of just how divorced from reality such spaces and such language really are.

April 21, 2022

If you want original movies to survive, get to a theater this April

Are you sick of comic book movies and other franchises? This month, you actually have a chance to do something about it.

April 6, 2022

The 2022 Oscars gave us a ceremony for people who hate movies

It's bizarre to watch an industry in decline dedicate its biggest night to mocking its own products.

March 29, 2022

The Oscars are niche entertainment now. Just let Netflix stream them.

If the Academy is determined to put on an awards show just for the most hard-core cinephiles, the ceremony itself should get off network television and move to a streamer where it can thrive.

March 23, 2022

If Hollywood wants to help Ukraine, it should start by telling these stories

The entertainment industry could help Americans understand the Soviet history that is a backdrop for today's conflict.

March 11, 2022

There’s a right way and a wrong way for the moviemaking world to target Russia

There are better ways to support Ukraine than by shutting out Russians opposed to invasion.

March 3, 2022