Sonny Bunch

Dallas, TX

Contributing columnist focusing on popular culture and politics

Sonny Bunch, a Washington Post contributing columnist, is the culture editor for The Bulwark, where he hosts The Bulwark Goes to Hollywood newsletter and podcast and Across the Movie Aisle. He is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association.
Latest from Sonny Bunch

Hollywood couldn’t make ‘The Woman King’ historically accurate

Gina Prince-Bythewood's "The Woman King" could be empowering or accurate about the Dahomey kingdom's role in the slave trade. It couldn't be both.

September 22, 2022

China is coming for video games. Companies and players should be wary.

The American film industry shows what can happen when a wild, independent medium hobbles itself to please an authoritarian regime.

September 15, 2022

Forget Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Anime just might save theaters.

Anime distribution company Crunchyroll is playing a surprising role in keeping movie theaters alive, even more so than companies like A24.

September 2, 2022

MoviePass is back. So is the idea that’s killing movies.

It’s hard to describe this state of affairs as anything other than a scam — but it’s not clear who was getting scammed.

August 25, 2022

‘Better Call Saul’ argued that the law matters. It’s a message we need.

The "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul" made an eloquent case for the law in its finale.

August 18, 2022

The Great Rebundling is coming. It’s a bad idea.

Trying to be everything to all people is a risky strategy.

August 10, 2022

‘Nope’ director Jordan Peele mocks his audience. They love him for it.

In horror movies, we're used to seeing ourselves in the victims. Jordan Peele forces us to consider that we might be the villains.

August 1, 2022

The Zelenskys are in Vogue. That makes them smart, not silly.

Appearing with celebrities is the best way to capture the attention of a profoundly unserious American public.

July 28, 2022

As stars and politicians age, we’re entering a new era of stagnation

It's one thing for culture to stagnate and another for politics to get stuck.

July 14, 2022

Older audiences are coming back. But movie theaters need fresh blood.

The pure box office returns are also encouraging.

June 30, 2022