On Media

A screen at a library

Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

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

Those left behind

The focused uncertainty of The Leftovers is a parable for our own more diffuse reality. This could make it a deeply theological show.
August 11, 2014
I have always watched TV in community. In many ways these communities of shared stories have shaped the stories I tell about my life.
July 31, 2014
Several times a day, my Facebook feed invites me to cry, laugh, or feel amazed. I click almost every time.
June 25, 2014

Never off the clock

The lead character of Wallander is a cop relentlessly pursuing justice. He knows he should leave work at the office, but he can't.
May 29, 2014
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