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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.

What “Rosewater” Says About Principled PluralismWhat “Rosewater” Says About Principled Pluralism
Religious conviction, untempered by dissent, can harden into oppressive ideology.
Absolutely, "Interstellar" Is a (r)eligious MovieAbsolutely, "Interstellar" Is a (r)eligious Movie
And that's across all its dimensions.
Lessons from the Church of SatanLessons from the Church of Satan
The films they recommend aren't about Satan, for starters.
God in the TornadoGod in the Tornado
A documentary explores where God was in the midst of a very real tragedy: the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma.
Toward a Definition of "Religious" CinemaToward a Definition of "Religious" Cinema
A modest proposal, lowercase and capital.
Pugilistic PastorsPugilistic Pastors
The fascinating documentary 'Fight Church' asks: Are Christianity and cage fights compatible?
Antiheroes and SaintsAntiheroes and Saints
Where do we get the inclination to emulate or praise our protagonists?
Preachers on the Web: "Plant" and "Leaving Eden"Preachers on the Web: "Plant" and "Leaving Eden"
Two short-form web series explore the lives of ministers and congregations.
"Girls" and the Conservatives"Girls" and the Conservatives
Lena Dunham might be more self-aware than some assume.
Some Final Notes on "Left Behind"Some Final Notes on "Left Behind"
Responding to some of the responses, and drawing lines in the sand.
Lazy Cultural EngagementLazy Cultural Engagement
Can we stop proof-texting culture?
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."
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.
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.
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Grace in a Strip Bar
Grace in a Strip Bar
Being a friend of sinners with discernment and love.
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