On Media

A screen at a library

Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

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
One might expect Spotlight to be fascinating because of the victims' stories. But it's the focus on clerical and legal institutions that grabs the viewer.
February 3, 2016
Rectify is unlike any series I've watched. Its slow burn reveals the viewer as well as the characters in the story.
January 20, 2016
"What was the point of that movie?" my son asked, without hostility. He knew that what he'd seen was about more than what he'd seen.
January 5, 2016
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street uses a combination of magic and realism that depicts real life far better than any other family television show I've seen.
December 28, 2015
The documentary Chaplains raises a fundamental issue for Christian chaplaincy: what is its relationship to the church?
December 10, 2015
It could have been any academic conference—except that Catwoman was on my left and a fully dressed hobbit was on my right.
November 25, 2015

Promo for Mars

NASA is, to say the least, enthusiastic about The Martian. The film is a really, really good commercial for a future budgetary request.
October 27, 2015
It's hard to watch Straight Outta Compton and not think of #BlackLivesMatter. But this is not explicitly a movie about politics or race.
October 13, 2015
A screen in a sanctuary used to be a signal that a congregation had taken a side in the worship wars. Now it's just a sign that a church is open and functioning.
September 21, 2015

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