The Spy Film That’s Better Than Bond, or, Why I Watched Tenet Four Times

This reciprocal, mutual mentoring is possible only because of time inversion, proving that Tenet’s sci-fi premise is no mere gimmick. The story’s moral core depends on it. 

Summer of Soul and the Reclamation of Modern Black History

Most of us have some knowledge of the Woodstock festival. But why don’t we know about the Harlem Cultural Festival, which was held at the same time?

Mare of Easttown and the Allure of Other People’s Grief

As Mare of Easttown poignantly depicts, when we’re in serious pain ourselves, it’s tempting to hide behind other people’s grief.

Looking for Mercy in Netflix’s Lucifer

As believers, while we acknowledge the reality and transcendence of divine law, we also recognize its shortcomings—it cannot make us righteous—and its supersession by mercy.

Dementia and Redemptive Memory in The Father

The Father reminds us how important it is to make room for good remembering, even in the absence of a good memory.

Redeeming von Trapp: Coming to Terms with Unwanted Legacies

To invest one short moment with such great meaning, Plummer must have done, to coin a phrase, something good.

Raised by Wolves: The Temptation and Trauma of an Android Eve

Raised by Wolves shows us a world where the tools we’ve fashioned (AI) are placed in the position of fashioning us.

The “Wonderful, Wonderful” Healing Power of Minari

Just in the manner that the “wonderful, wonderful minari” plant can work its magic as you ingest it, nourishing, cleansing, and purifying you from the inside out, so too can this movie resonate, whether or not you have a similar story as the child of Korean immigrants.

Following The Killers Down Glory Road

Leave it to a band from the city of bright lights and long odds to show us how to live out our points along history’s timeline.

Black History Month Roundup, 2021

These contributions are birthed from joy and lament, celebration and sadness, commemoration of the past and considerations of what can be in the future.

The Utopian Peccadilloes of Star Trek: Lower Decks

The darker subtexts of Star Trek: Lower Decks point to the reality that, in a very real and metaphysical sense, there are no “little” sins.

A Tale of Two Gigs (and Two Gospels)

Those who eschew a revisionist view of Scripture around the issue of sex will be viewed as the “do-badders” and no longer the “do-gooders.”

1980 vs. 2020: Anxiety We Have Heard on High

Comparing 1980 and 2020 reveals how pop culture dramatizes our anxieties.

How Purity Culture Failed a Generation

When secular society framed sex as a need or right, purity culture said the same thing—at least to men—and taught a generation of women that they existed to fulfill this need.

Nature Is Healing: All Creatures Great and Small

What James Herriot did as a vet—and what he does as a storyteller—he shows us the healing nature of healing nature.

Yes, Black America Tried to Tell Y’all

Black Americans have been prophesying to the rest of America about these injustices, because we’ve lived these stories time and again.