On Media

A screen at a library

Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

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

Best pictures

On the second anniversary of our media column, we asked several of our writers to reflect on their favorite theological films.
October 8, 2014
The Coen brothers’ sense of humor is not for everyone, but anyone with any sympathy for slackerdom can find a place in his heart for The Big Lebowski. I consider it a near-perfect illustration of the ancient Christian virtue of apatheia.
October 8, 2014
I’ve never seen a film that translates grace to the screen like Babette’s Feast. As one of the rare films that focuses on the lined and battered faces of real people Babette’s Feast challenges viewers to love real life. The film embraces God’s love for the embodied, the ordinary and the value of the extraordinary, and a love that wastes nothing.
October 7, 2014

Experiments in time

Every story is a story about time. Boyhood's power is not the perimeters of its story as much as the immersion into it.
September 9, 2014

Priest under threat

Calvary is a masterpiece of religious filmmaking. Its greatest achievement is to convey the impact of a community's near-collapse of faith.
September 3, 2014
This summer, the most common theme being played out at the movies is this: No matter who you are, you are the same as everyone else.
August 22, 2014

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