Wonder, Belief, and Buddy the Elf

We all long to be awed and to believe in something beyond ourselves.

In Arrival, Language Is the Name of the Game

Arrival paints a clear picture of how important language is to forming and sustaining societies.

The LEGO Batman Movie as a Picture of Family

In The LEGO Batman Movie, Batman’s fears for his for friends’ and family’s safety prompt him to change, to acknowledge his need for them.

The LEGO Batman Movie Builds a Silly-Yet-Serious Hero

The brick-based LEGO Batman Movie thinks outside the box for children and adults alike.

The Unforgiveable Sin of Passengers

Watching forgiveness unfold in Passengers gives us plenty to ponder.

Guardians, Bellas, and Ruth: All That Sisterhood Can Achieve

A fair representation of women in entertainment would include positive aspects of sisterhood, encouraging women to pursue healthy sisterhood in their own lives.

The Sisterhood of St. Joan

In the real-life person of St. Joan of Arc, we find someone who is both thinking and doing.

Less Is More? What Minimalism Can (and Can’t) Teach Us

Minimalism shows us that owning more stuff cannot satisfy, but the idea of minimalism by itself will not satisfy in the long term either.

Patriots Day and the Discomfort of Community

Patriots Day serves as a sharp reminder that community is, in many ways, inorganic, uncomfortable, and difficult.

Silence’s Roar: Scorsese’s Latest Is a Kaleidoscope of Faith and Doubt

Silence’s commitment to authenticity and deep exploration of martyrdom make it a vital watch for all audiences.

Interpret Carefully: Balancing Caution and Hope in Responding to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Silence

If there is a faithful interpretation of Endo’s Silence, it comes because the martyrdoms of the Japanese Christians and Garrpe may successfully testify against the self-justifications Rodrigues offers for his apostasy.

Gotta Dance: La La Land and Singin’ in the Rain Celebrate Calling and Creativity

It’s good to be reminded that when we find the thing we were made to do and learn to do it well, that can indeed bring incredible joy and fulfillment.

Alien and Station Eleven Reveal the Limits of Survival and Human Nature

Two acclaimed works of fiction challenge the notion that mere survival ought to be humanity’s highest goal.

Manchester by the Sea and the Grief of Advent

Like Advent, Manchester by the Sea is about grief.

Knocking on Martin Scorsese’s Door: Religion in the Work of Hollywood’s Patron Saint

In Martin Scorsese’s films, faith forms the groundwork for his gritty portrayals of incarnate suffering and violent quests for redemption.

Blockbuster Revelations: Disaster, Apocalypse, and Other Ways Film Tries to Fix Our World

What need within us is served by watching our society crumble beneath our protagonists’ feet, if not one that is cruel, even sadistic, in nature?