Article Archive

The Walking Dread: “It Follows”

A fearsome little horror film that is all monster, no message

March 23, 2015

Public Policy’s Absent Aesthetics

Talk of health and wealth cannot substitute for sublimity and attraction in human motivations.

March 2, 2015

Marilynne Robinson Returns to Gilead

America’s preeminent Christian novelist explores baptism, works, and redemption.

February 23, 2015

America’s Imperial Mental Illness

How U.S. medicine is changing the way the world loses its mind.

February 20, 2015

Singing Gospel, Growing Up Gay

Religion, sexuality, and ambition make a volatile mix at a black Christian boys’ prep school.

February 4, 2015

Merry Widows, Weeping Brides

The Metropolitan Museum of Art puts the fun back in funerals.

January 26, 2015

This Town Is Dead at Night

An Iranian-Californian vampire flick lives up to the hype.

January 22, 2015

Sociology as Class War

Progressive social scientists want to help poor people but won’t learn from them.

January 16, 2015

Will Work for Meaning: “Two Days, One Night”

A woman has one weekend to beg for her job in the Dardenne brothers’ harrowing new film.

December 19, 2014

The Mother and the Monster: “The Babadook”

Something under the bed is sobbing.

December 12, 2014

The Dead Hand of the Past: “Bad Jews” at the Studio Theatre

Joshua Harmon’s ferocious comedy, in which a family heirloom stands in for the future of the Jewish people.

December 8, 2014

Tony Kushner’s Communist Turducken

This overstuffed production shows a suicidal longshoreman fighting his family—and the long defeat of his hopes.

November 24, 2014

The Human Face a Furnace Seal’d: John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van

The new novel from the man behind the Mountain Goats suggests that the mind is a dangerous playground.

November 15, 2014

Sublime Recovery vs. Banal Recovery

Two competing narratives of addiction and recovery are both gaining prominence in American pop culture. Can they coexist?

October 22, 2014

A Lonely Hearts Church

In a world of disconnection and drifting, strengthening the family is a question of trust and love.

October 2, 2014

Radio Is a Sound Salvation: “God Help the Girl”

Under the cutesy exterior is a subtle film about how we understand our suffering, and what might save us from despair.

September 19, 2014

This Is Not My Beautiful City: “Belleville” at the Studio Theatre

Americans in Paris find fear and suspicion instead of marital bliss.

September 12, 2014

What’s the Punishment for Being a Stock Character?

“As Above, So Below” is a sin-focused horror film rather confused about sin.

September 5, 2014

Coming Out Christian

How faithful homosexuals are transforming our churches

January 29, 2014

Engagement Inflation

Marriage proposals are getting bigger and flashier.

January 11, 2013