Article Archive

Open relationships are torture

‘The Commune’ is a Punishing Movie

June 21, 2017

The Long Years After Failure

After the Storm is a slow movie about a hard passage in middle-aged life.

April 7, 2017

Grandfather Had Fangs

Snakish is a novel about decline and fall, the passing of a way of life.

March 10, 2017

Spirits, What Have You to Say?

A movie about a haunted Ouija board has surprising depth—until it falls apart.

December 2, 2016

Order, Chaos, Peace

Brent Bozell, an architect of the conservative movement, ended up trusting an order no man could impose.

November 18, 2016

Escape From Detroit

Don’t Breathe is an effective horror flick whose least-effective elements hide its real insights.

September 9, 2016

The Right to Look Your Judge in the Eye

Equality is found in the brute fact that we are individual, embodied human beings.

August 31, 2016

There’s No Cure for Vice

Today’s newest antiheroes don’t pretend to be anything other than what they are: terrible people.

July 29, 2016

Humiliation and Reconciliation

What medieval penance can tell us about making modern-day amends.

July 15, 2016

The Holey Family

In the film Little Sister, everybody is damaged and betrayed—but they are genuinely forgiven.

June 27, 2016

Famous Monsters of Filmland

Tim Powers weaponizes nostalgia in a novel haunted by the past.

May 20, 2016

Poor Citizenship

A coming-of-age film highlights how even in communist Cuba, faith sustains the underclass.

April 29, 2016

Love and Death in the Multiverse

Constellations is a moving exploration of the human drive for control.

March 24, 2016

Out in the Fields with God

“The Witch” is a powerful brew of family tragedy, religious drama, and horror show.

February 26, 2016

Stephen King’s Doubt

The novel ‘Revival’ mixes Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft to depict an untrusting America.

February 15, 2016


Revisiting Sarah Schulman’s satire-tragedy of 1990s New York City

January 15, 2016

‘Hamilton’ and the Romance of Government

The hit Broadway musical risks becoming a love song to America’s regime.

January 4, 2016

Discipline and Rupture at Christmastime

Reading Foucault and de Caussade into an Advent carol of relief over reform

December 23, 2015

Jingle All the Way to Hell

“Krampus” is a fun romp into Christmas horror, but fails to execute a potentially iconic premise.

December 12, 2015

Moral Combat

“Winners and Losers,” now playing in DC, is a cutting, suspenseful romp.

November 17, 2015