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Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

Epic march

Seven of this year's eight best picture nominees are stories of lone, white heroes—stories that seem out of touch with the times. The exception is Selma.
February 1, 2015
With Marco Polo, Netflix reaches for a global audience. Unfortunately, it casts the epic drama through one European’s eyes.
January 21, 2015

Sympathy for Pharaoh

Exodus: Gods and Kings has more in common with the 2004 sword-and-sandal disaster Alexander than with the other biblical epics of 2014.
January 5, 2015
Like Sarah Koenig, I want to know if we can believe Adnan Syed. But I only know Syed through Koenig’s accounts of him in Serial.
December 23, 2014

Leaving guyland

Pop culture often reduces men to testosterone, with little room to acknowledge themselves as God’s image bearers. But there are glimmers of hope.
December 10, 2014
“Are we alone in the universe?” is always a question about God’s existence. The film Interstellar shows this clearly.
November 26, 2014

Sex in the lab

On Masters of Sex, the wired-up naked bodies are not nearly as titillating as the melodramas that unfold when the characters are fully clothed.
November 11, 2014
Gillian Flynn has been accused of hating women. I disagree: Flynn pushes the truth of what can happen to women in a world that diminishes them.
October 28, 2014
Lars and the Real Girl shows the power of the visual medium to tell a theological story. I not only felt that I knew Lars, but that I knew myself through his fear of the tangles of relationship, his anxiety about the need to be transformed, and his desire to put transformation off as long as possible.
October 9, 2014

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