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Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

My school-aged self was intrigued by the Purple Pie Man. Since then, kids' TV has spun off in two directions: more violence for boys, threatless universes for girls.
September 25, 2013
Fruitvale Station is a powerful, meditative exploration of one ordinary life that met an extraordinary and tragic end.
August 21, 2013

Victims in collars

Lloyd Rediger's "clergy killer" premise is, in some senses, indisputable. Yet put so baldly, the kvetch seems odd.
July 25, 2013

Much ado in Santa Monica

Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is an enchanting modern take on the 16th-century romance and a nearly perfect movie.
July 15, 2013
The Americans is more than a spy show. It explores how a hidden identity is hard to nourish—and an identity embodied in habit is harder to disavow.
July 2, 2013

Galactic hopes

Star Trek has long been insistently nonreligious. But in the end it has not replaced religion, just repurposed it.
June 13, 2013

Miniseries midrash

The hardest review to write is the B- review. And the History Channel’s five-part miniseries The Bible is neither excellent nor miserable.
April 28, 2013
How can we imagine a world that counters the one that the Don Drapers helped create?
April 17, 2013

Power couple

St. Francis and St. Clare's witness was possible only in a world full of grace. Frank and Claire Underwood's story is plausible only in a world stripped of it.
April 2, 2013