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A Monstrous Return: The Unexpected Success of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Simple tales of heroism, where good and evil are clearly demarcated, and where heroes overcome the odds, have an enduring appeal.

Dancing with TheWeightSaint: Richard Simmons’ (Surprisingly) Unsung Ministry

No matter where he was or who he came in contact with during his fitness evangelization heyday, Richard treated others with dignity.

Gilmore Girls and the Great Decentering of Motherhood

In Gilmore Girls, motherhood is a symbolic handing over of our life’s story, the giving up of ourselves for the ones who need us.

Chris Hemsworth’s Limitless Highlights the Beauty of the Incarnation

This is the paradox of Limitless and of life: we want to celebrate aging and, yes, even death, but we also fear both and try to stave them off as much as possible.

Improv and the Yes/And of Loving People Well

Improv is more than making people laugh. It can also teach us how to love them well, just like Jesus did.

Is a Religious Life a Wasted Life?

We are made for happiness, and happiness can only be found in the God of Holy Love.

Percy Jackson and the Journey of the Christian Convert

For both Percy Jackson and the Christian, to know your Father is to know your destiny—and in that, to find your true identity.

The Discordant Heroism of Maestro

Bradley Cooper’s Maestro ultimately tends toward the narcissism of its central character, Leonard Bernstein.

Blue Like Jazz and the Evolving Ethos of Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke isn’t Miller’s imaginary “Cool Christian,” but his intuitive understanding of scripture is humbling and remarkable.

Dancing in the Dark: Finding Flickers of Meaning in Pop Music Nihilism

How is it that a catchy melody, solid groove, or infectious hook can make you want to dance to even the darkest and most nihilistic of thoughts?

Redeeming Love Does a Disservice to Hosea and to Women

Conflating the relentless love of God in a literalistic manner with the romantic love of a man and woman is harmful.

The Beautiful Community and Brutal Scapegoating in The Peasants

This 2023 animated adaptation of the acclaimed Polish novel highlights the tension between tradition and community, and modern individualism.

St. Augustine’s Disordered Loves and The Iron Claw

The Von Erichs’ tragic history is a warning against what happens when we value some things more highly than we ought to.

The Parable of the Three Princes: A Review of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

The Lost Crown does not simply tell a story about defeating a villain; it tells a story about saving a soul.

The Iron Claw and the Grip of Generational Sin

Generational sins may undoubtedly shape our bent towards a vice or idol, but we are the ones who ultimately succumb or resist.

Faith as Drama: God and the Individual in The Passion of Joan of Arc

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film triumphs as spiritual art due to its moving portrait of an individual who valued faith above all else.