Robert Zemeckis’ “Welcome to Marwen” is like no movie I’ve ever seen before.
As we wind down the year, iAt will take a look back at 2018: our favorite podcasts, books, and articles.
From the last thirty years, which great children’s movies do you think of?
For those sensitive to dizziness, Josh Matthews warns of going to see “First Man” in the theaters: “A movie can be about vertigo, but it should not create vertigo.”
The nostalgia-oriented documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, depicts the unlikely TV personality of Fred Rogers—who created, produced, wrote, and acted in the show—and it answers some of our questions that we, as adults who once watched the show as kids, would now have.
Have you heard about the “salsafication” of American Christianity? That is, while Christianity overall seems to be in a precipitous decline, Latino Protestantism seems to be growing—and even thriving.
First Reformed is set in and around the longest continuously operated church in the United States and focuses attention on its pastor Ernst Toller played masterfully by Ethan Hawke.
The Rider uses—so it appears to me—all untrained actors for all of its parts, as untrained as some of the movie’s horses. It seems like a documentary, and parts of it look like a camera crew showed up to film what was already happening in real life.
Has Disney created anything fresh and interesting in its take over and continuation of the Star Wars story?
“Chappaquiddick” probes basic issues about the moral behaviors of American politicians and why voters elect them, even when politicians behave badly.
The great accomplishment of “A Quiet Place” is its own soundscape, which gets us to listen to everything in it.
Steven Spielberg’s newest film, “Ready Player One,” misses the mark and leaves much to be desired.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi isn’t about the victory of the faithful, but the kindling of faith.
If we are regular news watchers and readers, we need an occasional break from the never-ending emotional rollercoasters that are our lives. “Game Night” knows this, and tries its hardest to help us.
We are fooling ourselves if we do not recognize the reality that the American religious landscape in which we operate was forever transformed, for better and sometimes for worse, by the influence of Billy Graham.
“The 15:17 to Paris” attempts to deal with the very familiar God-and-Country themes, but doesn’t quite deliver. Instead it succeeds in perpetuating stereotypes.
“The essential American soul is fundamentally hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer” (D.H. Lawrence). Also charitable. Maybe cruel. Possibly, deeply empathetic. After one viewing of “Hostiles,” anyone might append those qualities to Lawrence’s famous quote, which is the epigraph of the movie.
The Winston Churchill we get in “Darkest Hour” is a flawed human being, one who doesn’t command as much respect as revered historical figures are supposed to.
“Downsizing” poses basic but necessary philosophical questions that all humans ought to deal with.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is in no way a crime movie. It is instead a profound movie with a deep insight into the human heart.
Our favorite podcasts from 2017.
The 2017 top books list for iAt Editorial Board members.
From the big screen to the small screen, here is a look at some of the most interesting movies from 2017 that are worth watching.
“American Made” makes many points about government, drugs, and society, but one rings particularly true: that imperialistic nation-building has done little good and much harm for American citizens.
Star Wars’ popularity means—for better or for worse—that it’s one of the most well-known stories in human history. I’m only talking numbers: 7.5 billion people on Earth today, far more than any previous era. A fifth of them, which I think is a conservative estimate, are probably aware of Star Wars, a good portion of them having seen the movies and experienced the decades-long marketing hype.