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How we watch matters at least as much as what we watch. TV and movies are more than entertainment: they teach us how to live and how to love one another, for better or worse. And they both mirror and shape our culture.
Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson is Christianity Today's chief film critic and assistant professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn.

The Streaming RoundupThe Streaming Roundup
Get caught up on shows before their season premieres, or argue over “How I Met Your Mother” all over again.
The News RoundupThe News Roundup
Listen to the "Gone Girl" soundtrack, the "Django" sequel, "Big Brother," and more.
The Critics Roundup: "Gotham" and "The Skeleton Twins"The Critics Roundup: "Gotham" and "The Skeleton Twins"
The movies and your TV screen just got a little bit darker.
A Tale of Two Political DramasA Tale of Two Political Dramas
There's something vital about "Madam Secretary" and "Scandal," and we can't afford to miss it.
New York Film Festival: "Goodbye to Language" and "Hill of Freedom"New York Film Festival: "Goodbye to Language" and "Hill of Freedom"
Two films that bend the rules of cinema.
Revisiting (a Disturbing) "Carousel"Revisiting (a Disturbing) "Carousel"
Apparently, if you love someone enough to let him beat you, you’ll never walk alone?
Oy With the Poodles AlreadyOy With the Poodles Already
With its Netflix debut imminent, it's time to talk about "Gilmore Girls."
The Streaming RoundupThe Streaming Roundup
Veggie Tales, quirky romance, artistic Polish films, and more.
The News RoundupThe News Roundup
Another 'Mockingjay' trailer, 'Ben-Hur' casting news, and more.
The Critics Roundup: 'The Remaining' and 'No Good Deed'The Critics Roundup: 'The Remaining' and 'No Good Deed'
Two thrillers that don’t quite hit the mark.
Strong Performances Highlight TIFF 2014Strong Performances Highlight TIFF 2014
The six stars who shined brightest at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.
How I Got "Dead Poets Society" WrongHow I Got "Dead Poets Society" Wrong
And how a great professor changed my mind.
The News RoundupThe News Roundup
Two congressmen are stranded on an island together. What happens next?
The Streaming RoundupThe Streaming Roundup
Ladies rule the roost in this week's picks for watching at home.
The Critics Roundup: 'The November Man' and 'The Congress'The Critics Roundup: 'The November Man' and 'The Congress'
What the critics are saying about Pierce Brosnan’s return to the silver spy screen and Robin Wright’s animated political flick.
Is Pop Culture Too Juvenile?Is Pop Culture Too Juvenile?
Throwing off - and chasing after - childish things.
'The Leftovers': A Day of Destruction'The Leftovers': A Day of Destruction
The post-Rapture show's first season ends with a bang, a whimper, and the question of the ages.
The Streaming RoundupThe Streaming Roundup
Frozen, Star Trek, and fantasy football FTW.
The News RoundupThe News Roundup
Particularly dismal box office news, another John Green adaptation, and more.
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