On Media

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Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

Poems, novels, and short stories have all influenced Christian ways of telling our sacred stories. What about a miniseries?
May 21, 2014
Divergent puts age-old questions of belonging in a new setting: a postapocalyptic society with the motto “factions before blood.”
April 29, 2014
The Borgias series has a human, believable Pope Alexander VI. But it misses opportunities to make more of holiness as well as of sin.
April 25, 2014
Cohle and Hart are magnetic and unforgettable. But True Detective's existential heft never exceeds the palaver of a 101 class.
April 1, 2014

TV Protestants

In The Walking Dead, there's a crucifix at a Baptist church. Why don't producers check such details with somebody who is actually religious?
March 27, 2014

Goin’ nowhere

Llewyn Davis lives a decidedly nonromantic existence as a starving artist. He’s a good musician, but there are thousands like him, and they can’t all succeed.
March 3, 2014

Love virtually

I began watching Her suspicious that it would glorify bodiless romance or present a mere male fantasy. But the film surprised me.
February 17, 2014
Girls gets attention as a boundary-breaking comedy focused explicitly on gender. But Hannah and friends are not navigating adult life well.
February 7, 2014

More orcs

Though action-packed, Peter Jackson's Hobbit films have less of what made his Lord of the Rings movies work: character development, humor, interior drama.
January 23, 2014
In the holiday movie blitz, one live wire unites two very different films: Christian Bale, who plays the lead in both Out of the Furnace and American Hustle.
January 6, 2014
I was prepared to enjoy the theological heart of Catching Fire. But my moviegoing experience was bizarrely affected by all the ads.
January 2, 2014
Twelve Years a Slave pulls no punches. As a white southerner, I found myself objecting that it couldn't have been as bad as this all the time. But these horrors happened, and we have yet to face them squarely.
December 9, 2013
Orphan Black is so suspenseful and addictive, you may not realize that it's examining deep questions about the meaning of selfhood.
December 6, 2013
Don Jon is not about a porn addict saved by a good woman. It's about the unhealthy collision of two people who are ready only for broken relationships.
November 19, 2013

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