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'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
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‘The Birth of a Nation’ Releases to Mixed Reviews and Moral Dilemmas
Things we’re reading and discussing this week.
to mixed reviews, partially on account of the controversy surrounding director Nate Parker's past in the months before the release, partially on account of the film's disputed artistic merits.
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.
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‘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
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‘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.
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
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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
Opinion | Church
The Surprisingly Positive Legacy of the Kermit Gosnell Case
How the worst of the abortion industry brought out the best of pro-life advocacy.
With the release of the Lancaster film, as well as Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, the Gosnell case is back in
Opinion | Sexuality
Fighting Sexism Like a 'Fair Lady'Subscriber access only
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.
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Working Moms, On Screen and Behind the CameraSubscriber access only
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
Old Hollywood’s Abortion Secret
What a culture of death tells us about a culture of life.
Merryn Johns. And therefore, “from the very infancy of America's film industry, abortions were necessary body maintenance for women in the spotlight.”. The
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The Crown: Balancing Family and Calling Is a Royal Pain
The Netflix series focuses on the pressure around the monarch's marriage.
for his glory. Laura Kenna has a PhD in American Studies and teaches on cultural criticism, film, and writing at Trinity Fellows Academy. She also blogs
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21 Books Worth Giving as Christmas Gifts
Holiday book list: CT Women writers recommend their favorites.
I found this to be a highly enjoyable read—and apropos, considering current events—and wasn't surprised to discover a 2017 film is in the works. —Erin Straza.
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Why Being a Woman in Seminary Is Worth the Work
It's not always easy to get there, but the blogosphere needs more of us.
acquainted with it: Awana, sword drills, church camp, tracts, altar calls, Daily Bread devotionals, Jesus First pins, and Thief in the Night—a dramatic “come to Jesus” film about which I
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The Book Thief: Being Human in the Midst of InhumanitySubscriber access only
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.
How to Date When You’re Almost Middle-Aged
As I close in on 40, I’m learning how to live without marriage (even as I desire it).
Though I'm younger, perhaps, and childless, my situation is not unlike that of Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon, brought to vivid life in Whit Stillman's uproarious new film Love &
Remembering Bill Cunningham, a Fashion Hero for the Rest of Us
The iconic photographer helped me see the human side of style.
the Netflix generation to his life's work. (The 2010 film, Bill Cunningham New York, is still streaming on the site.). When the sea of fashion week photographers
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We Can't All Be BeautifulSubscriber access only
Why does our obsession with self-acceptance focus so much on appearance?
The short documentary, Selfie, which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival, insists that if we angle, crop, preen, pose, distort, and bend ourselves enough—along with the
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Picture This: A Closer Look at Mindy Kaling's Elle CoverSubscriber access only
We need a more informed eye, rather than an impulse for outrage.
(The film itself limits the detail to And he captured her not in ephemeral, often-immaterial color, but in time-tested, eloquent black-and-white — perhaps even on real silver gelatin film.
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