On Media

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Kathryn Reklis reviews 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

Nearly 15 years ago, the Boston Globe broke the story of the priest-pedophilia and bishop-cover-up crimes. The film Spotlight, which chronicles the investigative reporting behind the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage, is now up for a Best Picture Academy Award. While this new film shines a light on what happened then, watching it now reveals how the Catholic landscape has changed (and not changed) since the story broke in 2002. While the reporters depicted in Spotlight initially pursue the stories of particular priest-pedophiles, the editors see the bigger picture: the bureaucratic system, the hierarchy, and the mindset that allowed these priests to be moved from parish to parish without legal intervention.
February 16, 2016
In Jessica Jones, the superhero villain's control over people is chilling because we recognize it. It plays out in ordinary abusive relationships.
February 16, 2016