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Kathryn Reklis reviews film, TV, and more

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

Supernatural romance

The act of sacrifice central to Beautiful Creatures works only because the characters' story is not entirely their own.
March 6, 2013

Flood waters

Parents are committed to keeping children safe. But the reality is closer to Benh Zeitlin's vision of chaos than we care to admit.
February 20, 2013

We’re still family

I don't like family sitcoms, so I long avoided Modern Family. But the show catches the way family can be both loathsome and life-giving.
February 6, 2013
Django Unchained is an irreverent, profound and problematic exploration of America's original sin—and the power of a revenge fantasy.
January 30, 2013
When Peter Jackson plays up the theme of home, it's a loving riff on Tolkien. But why must he make war the driving engine of the The Hobbit?
January 7, 2013
Viewers don’t look to James Bond movies for profundity. Mostly they go to see buxom babes (now brainier and badder) and gravity-defying vehicle chases. But the most recent Bond installment offers some pertinent comments on technology.
December 27, 2012

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