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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.

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."
The Word, the Flesh, and the Biblical EpicThe Word, the Flesh, and the Biblical Epic
What do we do with biblical epics in light of Scripture?
The Long Tail: ‘Love Me,’ ‘Traitors’ and ‘The Widowmaker’The Long Tail: ‘Love Me,’ ‘Traitors’ and ‘The Widowmaker’
Global takes on stories about hookers, wannabe punk rockers, and . . . coronary artery scanning?
The Critics’ Roundup: The Oscars and ‘Parks and Recreation’The Critics’ Roundup: The Oscars and ‘Parks and Recreation’
This week, people were bored by the Oscars and bid farewell to a beloved sitcom.
The Critics' Roundup: 'The Slap' and 'Kingsman'The Critics' Roundup: 'The Slap' and 'Kingsman'
The critics aren't in agreement about two twice-over remakes, one on TV and one at the movies.
Something, Anything: An Interview with Paul HarrillSomething, Anything: An Interview with Paul Harrill
The director of 'Something, Anything' talks about making a movie, shooting at a monastery, and telling stories about faith, doubt, and journeys.
In Praise of Slow OpinionsIn Praise of Slow Opinions
Come on, guys.
The Long Tail: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ and ‘Rocks in My Pockets’The Long Tail: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ and ‘Rocks in My Pockets’
Two documentaries that take an imaginative look at difficult issues: Vietnam and depression.
The Sympathetic Doomsday Cult LeaderThe Sympathetic Doomsday Cult Leader
'Afflict the comfortable, and comfort the afflicted,' says indie director Joshua Overbay.
A Different Look at ‘Transparent’A Different Look at ‘Transparent’
Other people see a pioneering portrayal of the trans experience. I see the rawness of family love.
The Cathedral and the Movie TheaterThe Cathedral and the Movie Theater
They are spaces that teach us how to live.
Sundance Diary - Day 6: 'Don Verdean' and 'Digging for Fire'Sundance Diary - Day 6: 'Don Verdean' and 'Digging for Fire'
Greeting all the groups exploring religion and film, and a movie about marriage.
Sundance Diary - Day 5: 'True Story,' 'Prophet's Prey,' and 'Listen to Me Marlon'Sundance Diary - Day 5: 'True Story,' 'Prophet's Prey,' and 'Listen to Me Marlon'
Playing cat-and-mouse with a serial killer, a dangerous polygamous cult, and Marlon Brando, in his own words.
Sundance Diary - Day 4: 'Mistress America' and 'Last Days in the Desert'Sundance Diary - Day 4: 'Mistress America' and 'Last Days in the Desert'
A screwball comedy about what we want and a small drama about Jesus.
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The Dance of Suffering and Love
The Dance of Suffering and Love
What to do with our grief for the world.
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