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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 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.
Sundance Diary - Day 3: 'The End of the Tour,' 'I Am Michael,' and 'Mississippi Grind'Sundance Diary - Day 3: 'The End of the Tour,' 'I Am Michael,' and 'Mississippi Grind'
Buddy road trips proliferate, plus a true story about an ex-gay pastor.
Sundance Diary - Day 2: 'A Walk in the Woods,' 'Best of Enemies,' and 'The Witch'Sundance Diary - Day 2: 'A Walk in the Woods,' 'Best of Enemies,' and 'The Witch'
Prepare to wander the Appalachian Trail, begin the slow decline of political media coverage, and get properly frightened in the woods.
Sundance Diary - Day 1: Film Critic Twitter and 'What Happened, Miss Simone'Sundance Diary - Day 1: Film Critic Twitter and 'What Happened, Miss Simone'
Welcome to Park City. Where's my orientation packet?
In a TV World, NFL Is KingIn a TV World, NFL Is King
So what will Christians do about it?
What We Talk About When We Talk About Race in Pop CultureWhat We Talk About When We Talk About Race in Pop Culture
As a young writer and a young Christian, knowing how to discuss race can be a landmine.
Why the Shift from Horror to Terror on 'CSI' Is a ProblemWhy the Shift from Horror to Terror on 'CSI' Is a Problem
There's graphic, and then there's gratuitous.
David Oyelowo: 'Selma Was a Spiritual Endeavor For Me'David Oyelowo: 'Selma Was a Spiritual Endeavor For Me'
We talked to the 'Selma' actor about praying on set, playing an icon as a real human, acting as a calling, and why Christians ought to see the movie.
The Long Tail: 'The Sublime and Beautiful' and 'The Pleasures of Being Out of Step'The Long Tail: 'The Sublime and Beautiful' and 'The Pleasures of Being Out of Step'
The first entry in a monthly column on great films to watch at home.
Is It God, or Is It Us?Is It God, or Is It Us?
We talked about God a lot this year in pop culture, but not the same way.
Evil Is a True ThingEvil Is a True Thing
This year, the stories we told ourselves often explored the origins of evil, with surprising answers.
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Do Digital Decisions Disciple?
Do Digital Decisions Disciple?
Online evangelists report the equivalent success of one Billy Graham crusade per day.
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