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Jake Martin, S.J., is an assistant professor of film studies and performing arts at Creighton University. His book What’s So Funny About Faith: A Memoir from the Intersection of the Hilarious and Holy was published by Loyola Press in 2012.
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, reacts in the women's short program during the figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 15,, in Beijing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jake Martin
As the Beijing games draw to their conclusion, my only hope is that there is room for more than just Kamila Valieva’s story in the public imagination.
Conan O’Brien ended his nearly 11-year run on TBS, Thursday, June 24, 2021, with the final episode of the late-night show “Conan.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jake Martin
Conan never did quite fit in, and I mean that in the best possible way.
The cast reassembled for “Friends: The Reunion” (photo credit: HBO Max)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jake Martin
“The Reunion’’ shows “Friends” for the fantasy that it always was, while at the same time showing what sustained and continues to sustain that fantasy: the shared affection, admiration and respect of six very talented actors.
Arts & CultureFilm
Jake Martin
It's still 2020, and Borat and Rudy are still with us.
(CNS photo/Warner Bros.)
Arts & CultureFilm
Jake Martin
“Joker” is more than just another comic book film. It has hit a nerve with an already nervous American public.
Hailee Steinfeld and Wiz Khalifa in “Dickinson.” 
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jake Martin
The new show subverts the traditional Dickinson iconography, but also takes away the best part of her.
Arts & CultureBooks
Jake Martin
Robert Dean Lurie's biography of R.E.M. aims to trace the group’s rapid ascension from college town obscurity to rock’s upper echelons.
The Priest in ‘Fleabag’ (photo: IMDB)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jake Martin
The priest in “Fleabag” is of a type that has become, surprisingly, quite common in film and on television
John Mulaney at Radio City Music Hall (photo: Netflix)
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jake Martin
John Mulaney freely admits that he needs to be liked by everyone.
Chris Rock (photo: Netflix)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jake Martin
“Tambourine” should be mandatory viewing in all diocesan Pre-Cana programs.