Noah Gittell

Noah Gittell has covered film and politics for The AtlanticSalon, and He writes regularly at

Scarlett Johansson's Vanishing Act

LucyUnder the Skin, and Her seem like strange choices for the star. But maybe there's a reason she keeps picking roles in which she makes part of herself disappear.

What the Western Means Now

The Rover and forthcoming throwbacks to the John Wayne era may not dominate the box office, but they speak to American anxieties in a distinctly modern way.

The Oscars' Hidden, Pro-Youth Agenda

The Academy Awards have never been about celebrating cinema, they're about making the film industry look good. This year's mission: Crown young talents as bona fide stars.

The Coen Brothers' Subtle Politics

The Inside Llewyn Davis directors rarely depict the political process, but their portrayals of working-class characters struggling to get by does highlight a certain set of beliefs.