On Media

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Reviews of film, TV, and more

Preacher has enough violence to satisfy a small planet of adolescent boys. It also has church budget meetings.
August 17, 2016
If we are looking for the moment that precipitated our fall into the media blitz that is our common life, we might consider the O. J. trial.
July 18, 2016
When I walk and talk with a friend, we share an intimate experience. Listening to a podcast is similar.
July 14, 2016
Lemonade is a spectacular piece of visual theology. It offers hope for healing—not a generic healing, but the healing of black, female bodies.
June 20, 2016
Like Dmitri Karamazov, Robert Mapplethorpe knows that the beautiful is a battleground—and he's happy to play on the devil's side.
June 7, 2016
In The Lady in the Van, viewers see playwright Alan Bennett befriend a woman experiencing homelessness—and treat her as a human.
May 26, 2016
In an era of partisan politics, it's difficult to tell the truth. The complaints about Confirmation reveal a lack of progress.
May 13, 2016
Few Americans may believe in witches—or in a Puritan God. Yet The Witch explores human impulses that are still with us.
April 26, 2016
A new film and a hit podcast both feature women telling war stories—a role that’s usually reserved for male protagonists and male narrators.
March 28, 2016
In Concussion, Dr. Bennet Omalu is a Nigerian immigrant and an outsider. This status is complicated by competing ideas of what America is.
March 15, 2016
This year, the Oscars honored three films that are poignant meditations on a person's agency in falling and staying in love.
February 29, 2016