Charles Dickens Still Haunts Christmas
How a 19th-century story informs the modern holiday spirit.
this holiday season. Dan Stevens—once a star of Downton Abbey—delivers an eccentric, anxious, animated young Dickens to the screen. He gets incredible
Don’t Blame Martin Luther for the Evils of the Modern World
Brad Gregory follows the bouncing balls of post-Reformation history—but loses sight of who set them in motion.
As it is, we are treated to a tale in which pre-Reformation Europe was something of an Eden, a lush garden of religious delights, animated by a “thriving piety,” manifest through “willing
The genius director of Inside Out and other Pixar favorites shows off the power of animated storytelling.
The genius director of Inside Out and other Pixar favorites shows off the power of animated storytelling. Pete Docter. Pete Docter. The genius director of
When Happiness Weeps
A few nights ago, our family gathered to watch the Pixar animated movie Inside Out. All of the emotions are animated characters with their own sets of strengths and flaws.
The Secret Life of Pets
A pleasant enough re-tread of every animated movie featuring talking animals that you've ever seen.
A pleasant enough re-tread of every animated movie featuring talking animals that you've ever seen. The Secret Life of Pets. A pleasant enough re-tread
In the 'DuckTales' Reboot, Family Remains Scrooge's Riskiest Adventure
As the new Disney series reminds us, 'Family is nothing but trouble.' That's exactly what makes it valuable.
years have been good for those nostalgic for '80s childhoods—and for those of my age bracket, few cultural products embody that era better than the Disney animated series DuckTales.
Tribeca Film Festival 2016 Round-Up
Movies about humor and disappointment, inequality and autism, celebrity and Scientology.
services throughout the year. Here are my picks. 'Life, Animated'. Life, Animated. Roger Ross Williams. US theatrical release: July 8, 2016. A good candidate
From John Wilson, editor of 'Education & Culture' at thebestschools.org.
is Lake Erie. Many books are bloated. Schnurr's is just right: short but not superficial, poignant but animated by a stubborn hope. Bravo to Belt Publishing
Morning Roundup 6/2/15
Pastors' Spouses; Time-lapse of NYC; Getting Attention in the Christian Blogosphere
If you are interested in the history of New York City, here is a wonderful 500 year animated timelapse video from the perspective of the new One World Trade Center.
In 'Cars 3,' Humility Finishes First over Generational Conflict
The classic Pixar franchise returns with a refreshing look at what it means to pass the torch onward.
Getting old isn't fun, whether you are a human being or an animated racecar, and it's not long before McQueen's legacy is threatened as he is outrun by the next generation of cars.
'Mommy, Is Gru a Good Guy or a Bad Guy?'
'Despicable Me 3' recalls the Apostle Paul's struggle to 'do the right thing.'
surprisingly fresh. And, ultimately, the story's busyness is perhaps the only reason such weighty topics could be broached in a kids' animated comedy. While
Can Robots Be Sexist?
How artificial intelligence might reinforce and amplify gender stereotypes.
Late last year, for example, a Japanese company released a holographic anime “robot” called Gatebox, which features an animated character dressed to look like a cross between a
Hotel Transylvania 2
A not-so-beloved original gets a much better sequel.
action and rude humor.). Genre Animated, Children. Directed By Genndy Tartakovsky. Run Time 1 hour 29 minutes. Cast Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg
From Jonathan Edwards to Jerry Falwell
Pulitzer Prize–winner Frances FitzGerald looks at the long history behind evangelical political activism.
frontiers. In recent years, historians have debated what animated the Christian Right. Some have stressed a backlash to the civil rights movement. Others
How Brainy Women Benefit the Church
A recent study suggests that intelligence is often associated with masculinity, not femininity.
girl, that Belle.” Belle seems oblivious to their judgment but later, in a moment of emotional vulnerability, she asks her father, “Am I…odd?” When I first saw the animated version (shortly
Big Hero 6
It's plenty of fun for kids, but it ends up being a good time without ever really being a good movie.
elements.). Genre Animated. Directed By Don Hall, Chris Williams. Run Time 1 hour 42 minutes. Cast Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, TJ Miller.
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.
What the critics are saying about Pierce Brosnan's return to the silver spy screen and Robin Wright's animated political flick. The Critics Roundup: "The
Why ‘The Secret of Kells’ is a Perfect Christmastime Movie
The film is a gorgeous reminder of the beauty of God that waits beyond our walls of fear.
Where it's safe. Brendan, the young ninth-century hero in the 2007 animated feature The Secret of Kells, has learned similar lessons. Be safe. So begins this extraordinary animated film.
From John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture.
endnotes), but it is an unflaggingly interesting account of a tormented genius, neither hagiographic (Swift “took the freedom to berate as one of his basic liberties”) nor animated by a