Film & Arts

A Good Place to Work

Ernest Hemingway’s long involvement with Cuba illuminates the recent normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and that country.

Northward Bound

Lawrence painted what he saw and what he knew: strivers and beggars, children and prostitutes, gamblers and preachers, and above all women, like his mother.

'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' has provoked criticism from both right and left. It's awash in patriotic spirit, it glorifies war. It's also a pretty bad movie.

'Selma'

'Selma' dramatizes one moment in the civil-rights movement when Martin Luther King, wracked by doubts and intimations of mortality, could have put his goals on hold.

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

An exhibit pulls together an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and liturgical vestments to suggest the wide range of Marian images in Western art.

'Unbroken' & 'The Imitation Game'

One movie too obviously geared to celebrate a Triumph of the Human Spirit; another whose writing and acting skillfully adduce the nature of the hero's character.

Two Poems | 'Resurrection' & 'I Lazarus'

Clouds floating by / Like the shapes of the dead ones / As radiant as angels / And when / I opened the earth / Their tombs were all empty...

Visual Bliss

Matisse's cut-outs are back at the Museum of Modern Art, some one hundred in number as against fifty in 1992--and more transporting than ever.

The Catholic Rubens

The Catholic painter Peter Paul Rubens presents a particular challenge to classification—decorative, theatrical, busy, pagan, and only superficially Christian.

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Chinese leadership sought to erase memory of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre entirely from the public, and they were highly successful. How? Four things.

Born from the Gaze of God

Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.

'The Babadook'

Jennifer Kent’s "The Babadook" is a horror film that abjures cheap thrills and builds its terrors securely atop a base of all-too-familiar human pain.
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Book Reviews

In Paradise: A Novel

February 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Transformative Experience

February 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments

At Home in Exile

February 9, 2015 | 1 comment

Latino Pentecostals in America

February 5, 2015 | 1 comment

A Damaging Institution

February 5, 2015 | 0 comments

How Jesus Became God

January 26, 2015 | 11 comments