The Holdovers and Christmas Hope

Alexander Payne’s latest film proclaims the chance of finding rest even amidst our deepest sorrows.

Don’t Lose the Arc of Indiana Jones

We see a gradual but discernible arc in the character of Indiana Jones, from self-seeking adventurer to self-sacrificial friend and family man.

Nat Segaloff’s The Exorcist Legacy Explores the Magic of William Friedkin’s Iconic Film

Segaloff is in a unique position to bring all of this material together for people who cherish the original film not simply as a cinematic rite of passage for thrillseekers, but also as a genuine work of art.

Grace Amid Suffering in Martin Scorcese’s Killers of the Flower Moon

To call Martin Scorcese’s latest a masterpiece is merely to note that it’s yet another amid a career scattered with masterpieces.

In No One Will Save You, One Woman Seeks Forgiveness and Acceptance Amidst an Alien Invasion

Brian Duffield’s genre-bending film affords ample opportunity to ask deep questions about suffering, forgiveness, and acceptance.

Air Jordan: Relic of Desire

The film Air treats the Air Jordan with a reverence befitting its cultural status; holy relics elicit similar feelings, offering a tangible link to transcendence through the imprint of a remarkable individual’s body. 

Barbie as Portal Fantasy—and What That Means for Greta Gerwig’s Narnia Adaptation

C.S. Lewis’s adored classic now shares space with Barbie as part of the subgenre of portal fantasy.

The Haunting of Hercule Poirot: Ghosts versus Little Gray Cells

Poirot learns the limits of his overreliance on rationality, and is beckoned to the realm of faith and the light of life.

How Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot Becomes a Christ-Haunted Genius

Branagh’s Poirot is not just a detective solving crimes but a pilgrim navigating the labyrinth of the soul’s darker questions.

1993 Film Favorites, Part 5: Finding Contentment in The Nightmare Before Christmas

While boredom may be a first-world problem, disillusionment at being off track with one’s identity is universally human.

Time Is on Our Side: Watching Cosmic Time and the Cosmological Presumption

The way so many of our best-known films are set up, the reminder of time passing is almost unfailingly ominous.

Dragging Art Upward: Time to Let the “Christian” Movie Die

Good art should be made for our neighbors, and for God Himself—and God doesn’t need to be pandered to.

1993 Film Favorites, Part 4: How Philadelphia Taught Society Compassion

Philadelphia showed the horrific truths behind a reality that society had ignored, and made the public AIDS crisis personal.

Is There Ever a Good Reason for Sex and Nudity in Film?

Avoiding an obviously sex-centric film is rudimentary. Further along the spectrum, however, is where discretion and wisdom are required.

Why It’s Important That Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist and Becomes a Real Girl

Underneath Barbie’s hot pink text of third-wave feminism, there’s a juicy subtext that values female embodied experience.

Seeing & Believing 400 | An Ethos of Faithful Filmgoing

Before we go, Kevin and Sarah have a conversation about their ethos of faithful movie criticism, bringing the podcast full circle.