Charles Dickens Still Haunts Christmas
How a 19th-century story informs the modern holiday spirit.
The movie is a thoroughly pleasant, sometimes funny, and occasionally reflective story with a PG-rating and storybook aesthetic that recommend it as the go-to family film of this holiday
'Atomic Blonde' Delivers Female Action Without An Action Hero
After seeing the new spy thriller, I still don't know what a female action hero looks like.
Though shot in color, the film relies on a restrained color palette and boasts carefully blocked frames and noir-inspired lighting. Set in the divided Berlin
'To the Bone' Is Big on Anorexia and Lean on Healing
The new Netflix film seems more aspirational than instructional.
'To the Bone' Is Big on Anorexia and Lean on Healing. The new Netflix film seems more aspirational than instructional. “The film is supposed to make you not be anorexic,” Ricci said.
Why We Need Wonder Woman
Even when it falters, the new female-led film brings freshness to the superhero flick.
Even when it falters, the new female-led film brings freshness to the superhero flick. Although the film's release is groundbreaking, the story itself is still informed by a male-led genre.
‘Wonder’ Reveals the Face of True Human Strength
What the box-office hit tells us about beauty, weakness, and the imago Dei.
The film netted $27 million at the box office on opening weekend alone and has been accompanied by a popular social media campaign led by the Twitter hashtag #choosekind.
'Get the Girl to Do It'
What 'Hidden Figures' reveals about race, women, and how our sons see our daughters.
from Margot Lee Shetterly's book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, the film centers on
Q+A: ‘To Joey, with Love’
Country musician Rory Feek shares about faith, heartbreak, and his new film.
Country musician Rory Feek shares about faith, heartbreak, and his new film. Rory's new film, To Joey, with Love, tells the story of those final two years together.
Quit Calling Them 'Chick Flicks'
With the female-fronted 'Ghostbusters,' it's time to celebrate women in movies.
I didn't start to become fully aware of the dearth of women in media—especially film—until a few years ago, but like an optical illusion, once I noticed it, I couldn't stop seeing it.
Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes
What if there's a hidden human cost to our entertainment?
In the 1970s and '80s, some iconic directors asked actresses to film rape scenes that weren't scripted, hoping their “surprise” would aid with on-screen “realism.” Many actresses later
Why I Continue to Call God ‘Father’
I’m sympathetic to the arguments for female pronouns. But the linguistic alternatives leave behind a profound truth.
The protagonist grew up with an abusive father, so Papa (Octavia Spencer in the film adaptation) comes to him as a woman: “After what you've been through, I didn't think you could
Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the Camera
Documentarian Laura Waters Hinson creates films to reflect the ultimate narrative.
At a summer screening of her latest film Dog Days (hosted in Fairfax, Virginia, by the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture), Hinson discussed her work and the
Moms, Go on with Your ‘Bad’ Self
In a culture that expects perfection, sometimes failed moms are just doing their best.
given her husband's ineptitude. Early in the film, she finds him in his home office engaging in an ugly, online sexual relationship. That the camera lingers
‘La La Land’ Dances Between Love and Calling
What Christians might take away from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s latest hit.
Damien Chazelle, the writer/director behind the Oscar- nominated Whiplash, set out to make a musical romance, but his new film La La Land transcends both genres.
Fighting Sexism Like a 'Fair Lady'
What the 50-year-old film reminds us about the power of strong-willed women.
What the 50-year-old film reminds us about the power of strong-willed women. This is exactly what I've always thought about the film, which has long been one of my favorites.
The Book Thief: Being Human in the Midst of Inhumanity
A World War II film with an unexpected theme.
A World War II film with an unexpected theme. The Oscar-nominated film The Book Thief is indeed a haunting look at humanity, although an unexpected one for a World War II film.
‘Big Little Lies’ Tells the Truth
How the new HBO murder-mystery series gets motherhood right.
Laura Kenna has a PhD in American Studies and teaches on cultural criticism, film, and writing at Trinity Fellows Academy and blogs about popular culture at remotepossibilitiesblog
Farewell to TV's Most Powerful Single Ladies
What primetime pioneers Mary Tyler Moore and Lena Dunham teach us about culture-making and Christian influence.
Christlike within it. Laura Kenna has a PhD in American Studies and teaches on cultural criticism, film, and writing at Trinity Fellows Academy. She also