Films about struggling moms and toxic masculinity should challenge traditional gender roles, not applaud them.
Kathryn Reklis explores film, TV, and more
The comedy series doesn’t feel didactic—despite the fact that it features actual moral philosophy lessons.
Darren Aronofsky's title character is the divine feminine, Mary, and Spirit; she's a little bit Gaia and a whole lot of the Feminine Principle.
In Ocean's 11, the thieves' sheer coolness reeled us in. It's a harder sell when the heroes day-drink themselves to sleep.
Kathryn Bigelow's film lays bare our assumptions about guilt and race.
The characters Beatriz and Gloria model resistance against powerful, immoral blowhards.
In three seasons, the show offered many different perspectives on how faith is made, formed, and lost.
Resistance might not achieve its outer aims. Nevertheless, its inner life persists.
In both S-Town and Big Little Lies, there’s human depravity everywhere.
Several recent films and shows portray people of color with a complexity that James Baldwin once assumed was impossible for pop culture.