Family Matters in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp

In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel reveals the importance of intact families—wherever we might find them.

Phantom Thread and the Curse of Loneliness

While Phantom Thread works as a metaphor for the difficulty of relationships (and the conclusion is not to be taken literally), it also provides a picture of spiritual pursuit.

Seeing and Believing 160: Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers

The guys review a very big movie about a very tiny pair of heroes this week with the Marvel offering for July, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Also on the docket is another unusual story: a documentary about a set of triplets, separated at birth, who come to find one another later in life. Hijinks may or may not ensue.

Seeing and Believing 159: Stefano Sollima’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Our Cinematic Gateway Drugs

The release of Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed 2015 thriller about the U.S.-Mexico drug war, has the guys thinking about the gateway drugs that got them into movies in the first place.

Seeing and Believing 158: J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Gary Ross’s Ocean’s 8

Wade and Kevin decide to investigate whether Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom is a worthy successor to its ancestors. Then they decide to spend some time with some smooth criminals in the star-studded Ocean’s 8, in which Sandra Bullock leads a squad of thieves in – what else? – a daring heist.

A Cinematic Theology of the Cross: Despair and Hope in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed

At its core, First Reformed is about the perennial challenge of maintaining faith and hope in the midst of doubt and despair.

Awe, Fear, and the Miraculous in the Jurassic Park Franchise

The real success of the Jurassic Park franchise lies not in a desire to see dinosaurs run amuck again and again, but in our desire to be shaken out of our lethargy and see something indescribably greater than ourselves.

Maybe Hollywood Needs a New Production Code to Protect Women

How did exploitation become the price that young women have to pay in Hollywood for using a God-given gift?

Seeing and Believing 157: Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2 and Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The guys tackle two family-friendly flicks on this week’s episode, as they review Brad Bird’s fourteen-years-in-the-making sequel to Pixar’s superhero smash The Incredibles 2.A fond return to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is on the itinerary as well as Wade and Kevin discuss Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

RBG Is an Invitation to Love Our Political Neighbors

In RBG, West and Cohen offer a welcome salve for our society’s wounds, a celebration of Ginsburg as Ginsburg, irreducible to any political stance.

Seeing and Believing 156: Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Ari Aster’s Hereditary

Spiritual warfare can take many forms, as shown by the two films on this week’s episode. First up is Wade and Kevin’s most anticipated film of the summer, First Reformed, followed by A24’s latest foray into horror: Ari Aster’s Hereditary.

Hereditary Is a Masterful Meditation on the Horrors of Grief

In Hereditary, guilt is grief’s demonic cousin, and it often makes an unwelcome entrance in the midst of tragedy.

Seeing and Believing 155: Netflix’s Wild Wild Country and Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud

Netflix’s new documentary miniseries Wild Wild Country tries to get to the bottom of a 1980s dispute between a religious commune and the Oregon community next door. Also the Nick Offerman-starring Hearts Beat Loud, a feel-good indie movie about a dad trying to get the band back together with his college-bound daughter.

Solo: Gambling on an Origin Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story edifies not only the existing Star Wars canon, but it injects new meaning into the life and storyline of Han Solo.

Seeing and Believing 154: Bart Layton’s American Animals and Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo

The guys take it down a notch after the blockbusters of last week. First they review American Animals, director Bart Layton’s follow-up to The Impostor.

Seeing and Believing 153: Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and David Leitch’s Deadpool 2

Scoundrels everywhere can rejoice as Wade and Kevin tackle Solo: A Star Wars Story, the new Han Solo prequel from Disney, and amoral scoundrels everywhere can rejoice (possibly) over their review of the sequel to 2016’s R-rated breakout smash about the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool 2.