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?

Ava DuVernay’s 13th Explores the Troubling Roots of Mass Incarceration

Director Ava DuVernay points out that the dehumanization of blacks existed, not only in slavery but also in the language of abolition.

Dystopian Protagonists and the Pursuit of Greatness

All this focus on personal greatness has its drawbacks.

A Biased Father and His Not-So-Cursed Child

If utopia is to be found by separating the good from the bad, we need someone with an objective view to do the sorting.

Waiting for Gotham: Utopian Yearning in The Dark Knight Trilogy

We need these very human stories about what it means to long for hope in a dark world.

Iron Suit, Human Man: Abandoning Tony Stark

Even Iron Man is vulnerable when it comes to dealing with the past.

Doctor Strange Helped Me Survive Election Night

The new movie Doctor Strange reminds us that there are forces at work that we cannot see.

Kubo and the Two Strings : The Story of the ‘Perfect’ Family

While it may not be as inclusive as it thinks, Kubo and the Two Strings can help audiences to analyze how they present the stories of their families to the world.

Three Films to Watch before You Vote (and One to Watch After)

Three movies to watch before you vote to help steel your nerves, and one movie to watch after you vote — to help wash away the stench of national politics.

John Carpenter’s Halloween and the Problem of Horrendous Evil

Sometimes evil doesn’t have a backstory; it exists for its own sake. This is what makes John Carpenter’s Halloween so effective.

The Life and End Times of the Apocalypse

Both The Leftovers and Left Behind may be mere entertainment, but they nonetheless expertly play into the fears of what a less-populated world would entail.

Real Life and Real Redemption in N.D. Wilson’s The River Thief

Author and filmmaker N.D. Wilson’s first full-length feature film The River Thief offers real grit, real storytelling, and real redemption.

Kind to Be Cruel: The Tragedy of Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins was surrounded by people who told her, wrongly, she could sing, and her life was stunted as a result.