Redemption of the Jedi: A Look Back at Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

At the end of Return of the Jedi, for a moment, Luke embodies a balance, not between darkness and light, but between mercy and justice.

No Laughing Matter: Funny Games and the Moral Implications of Our Entertainment

People can be, are, and indeed always have been entertaining, but people are never entertainment.

The Post‘s Most Important Contribution Isn’t about Freedom of the Press

Perhaps the best way we can honor Graham’s paradigm-shifting, government-deception exposing, heroic legacy is to partner with one another much sooner on the journey than Graham’s skeptical advisors partnered with her.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Shows Us a World Full of Meanness

The film’s accurately bleak depiction of a world without grace instills a powerful longing in viewers that reality might actually be otherwise.

District 9: ‘All Good Families’

District 9 is hardly a family film, but family is at the core of the story.

Lady Bird Offers Us an Antidote for Our Cultural Homesickness

Lady Bird invites us to consider the nature of our love and our roots in a time when the concepts are as nebulous and mishandled as ever.

Cultivating Sympathy: A Christmas Prince and a Netflix Faux Pas

Those who are lonely during this season don’t need to be mocked or called out or even lightly teased for their viewing habits.

Rogue One: An Advent Story

Advent is a season to reflect on the hope of Christ’s coming, a season to practice how not to be complacent, the very thing we see in Rogue One.

Steven Spielberg’s Cinema of the Sublime

Spiritual longing typifies Spielberg’s approach as a storyteller and may account for at least some of his blockbuster appeal.

A Supernatural Neighbor

The benevolence of the spirits in My Neighbor Totoro serves as a reminder that the spiritual realm—though mysterious and unlike our own—is not something to fear.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Risky, Explosive, and Beautifully Brazen

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not only what many audiences need, but how they need it.

Sin Demands a Reckoning in Thor: Ragnarok

On whose graves, and whose suffering, is our greatness built?

Drawn to the Things That Frighten Us

There is something deeper that lingers in the human psyche—something more than the experience, or a twisted desire for evil—something that horror taps into and awakens.

God’s Hand in Bill Paxton’s Frailty

It’s shockingly awful and shockingly compelling as horror because Paxton’s character remains so upsettingly loving and so fatherly throughout, clearly, sincerely believing in the killing he’s doing.

Blade Runner 2049: Exploring Creation, Subcreation, Procreation, & Personhood

As we move forward into a “brave new world,” we have to wrestle with the questions posed in Blade Runner 2049.

Local Ghosts

Even in the Hudson Valley, I think the larger appeal of Halloween is that our local ghosts can scare us, but we can, ultimately, domesticate them.