John Anderson

Abraham Lincoln. Source: Alexander Gardner, 1863
Arts & Culture Books
April 20, 2017
John Anderson reviews "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders.
Arts & Culture Television
March 21, 2017
“Call Me Francis” is unafraid to delve into Francis’ intellectual conflicts. But neither is it afraid to be funny. 
Angela Davis in Ava DuVernay's "13th"
Arts & Culture Film
February 24, 2017
Ava DuVernay's "13th," a documentary about mass incarceration of African Americans nominated for an Oscar, is full of good words and bad images.
Arts & Culture Film
January 24, 2017
Thanks to the arcane rules behind the foreign-language Oscar, sentimentality usually reigns supreme.
Arts & Culture Ideas
December 21, 2016
Martin Scorsese's new film will be elusive to the many and beloved by the few.
Kyle Chandler, left, and Casey Affleck in "Manchester by the Sea."
Arts & Culture Film
November 22, 2016
Plenty of movies make you think. Far fewer allow you to think, which is something rather different. Take “Manchester by the Sea.”
Arts & Culture Film
November 03, 2016
“Loving” is film about a lot of things, including two simple people causing violent eruptions across the social and legal landscapes. It is a portrait of America at a particular time and place. So is "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk."
Melissa Leo as Laura Poitras, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, Tom Wilkinson as Ewen MacAskill and Zachary Quinto as Glenn Greenwald in Oliver Stone’s 'Snowden'
Film
September 19, 2016
For all Stone’s posturing as a filmmaking maverick, “Snowden” relies on every manner of movie convention and emotional shortcut.
(Photo courtesy of Janus films)
Television
September 08, 2016
It is hard to say that anything on the small screen has surpassed “Dekalog” since it first aired in 1989.
Eliza Rycembel in "The Innocents" (Photo: Music Box Films).
Film
July 23, 2016
Among one group of nuns at the end of World War II, the shadow of the cross is impossible to escape.