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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.

‘A.D. The Bible Continues’: Fiction and Fact‘A.D. The Bible Continues’: Fiction and Fact
In the seventh episode, the historical fiction overwhelms the text.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Enter Saul'A.D. The Bible Continues': Enter Saul
The NBC miniseries covers one of the most important chapters, and figures, in the book of Acts.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Insult and Injury'A.D. The Bible Continues': Insult and Injury
There's something strange about the Stephen in this episode of the NBC miniseries.
The Long Tail: ‘Marie’s Story,’ ‘The Nun,’ and ‘(Dis)honesty’The Long Tail: ‘Marie’s Story,’ ‘The Nun,’ and ‘(Dis)honesty’
Two nuns, a behavioral economist, and the Ninth Commandment.
Biblical Epics Are Not DocumentariesBiblical Epics Are Not Documentaries
They're not journalism, either. But that's okay. They're something else.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': The Church is Growing'A.D. The Bible Continues': The Church is Growing
A few inaccuracies and a little kitsch, but an active and thriving community nonetheless in the series' fourth episode.
Tribeca Film Festival 2015 RoundupTribeca Film Festival 2015 Roundup
The highlights include lots of documentaries, and lots of religion.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Spirit of the Living God'A.D. The Bible Continues': Spirit of the Living God
The plot thickens.
The Powerful Spoken Word: A Report from Full Frame Film FestivalThe Powerful Spoken Word: A Report from Full Frame Film Festival
Film is a visual medium, but ‘Best of Enemies’ and ‘BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez’ bear witness to the power of the spoken word.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Peril, Cruelty, and Violence'A.D. The Bible Continues': Peril, Cruelty, and Violence
Our recap of the second episode of the miniseries: a lot of violence, a little exposition.
Critics Roundup: 'Mad Men' and 'Furious 7'Critics Roundup: 'Mad Men' and 'Furious 7'
The critics are pleased with the drama's final mid-season premiere and the franchise's latest installment.
'A.D. The Bible Continues': Same Story, Different Path'A.D. The Bible Continues': Same Story, Different Path
Our first episode recap of the new miniseries, which begins airing Easter Sunday.
Do You Believe in Confirmation Bias?Do You Believe in Confirmation Bias?
Reflections on the Christian movie echo chamber.
Asking the Insufficient QuestionsAsking the Insufficient Questions
In some ways, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and 'God's Not Dead' aren't all that different.
Making Searchers of Us AllMaking Searchers of Us All
Some movies, like 'Jauja,' invite us to go beyond narrative question and toward experience.
The Critics Roundup: ‘The Jinx’ Finale and ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’The Critics Roundup: ‘The Jinx’ Finale and ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
The finale that shocked a nation—and a filmmaker—and a comedy that shouldn’t work.
Postcard from SXSW #3: ‘Peace Officer’ and ‘Wild Horses’Postcard from SXSW #3: ‘Peace Officer’ and ‘Wild Horses’
A documentary and a new film from Robert Duvall give look at the lives of law enforcement officers.
Postcard from SXSW #2: 'Out to Win' and 'Raiders!'Postcard from SXSW #2: 'Out to Win' and 'Raiders!'
Why do men make movies? To share a passion. Here's two from SXSW.
Postcard from SXSW #1: 'Love & Mercy,' 'The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson,' and '808'Postcard from SXSW #1: 'Love & Mercy,' 'The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson,' and '808'
Our correspondent on the ground talks to the team behind the Beach Boys film and more.
The Critics’ Roundup: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and ‘Dig’The Critics’ Roundup: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and ‘Dig’
Critics weigh in on an aptly-named film and an intriguing start to a "spiritual procedural."
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