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The act of sacrifice central to Beautiful Creatures works only because the characters' story is not entirely their own.
Filmmakers often defend cinematic violence by drawing a line between entertainment and the real world. But this devalues their work.
Parents are committed to keeping children safe. But the reality is closer to Benh Zeitlin's vision of chaos than we care to admit.
I don't like family sitcoms, so I long avoided Modern Family. But the show catches the way family can be both loathsome and life-giving.
Django Unchained is an irreverent, profound and problematic exploration of America's original sin—and the power of a revenge fantasy.
Beth Felker Jones teaches at Wheaton College in Illinois. She is the author of Touched by a Vampire.
Jason Byassee is senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in Boone, North Carolina.
Kathryn Reklis teaches theology at Fordham University and is codirector of the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice.
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