Voices
Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
‘The Boys’ gleefully satirizes every aspect of superhero movies by showing how corrupt all-powerful beings would be if they existed in the real world.
Courtney Vance, Jonathan Major and Jurnee Smollett in ‘Lovecraft Country’ (phoot: HBO)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Placing three Black characters at the center of a new TV series yields fresh, unexpected turns.
At the Joyce Center, a new retreat house for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., full length windows offer views of the reservoir below, over which the sun rises each morning (photo: Tom Rettig).
FaithFeatures
Jim McDermott
These modern retreat centers are helping people grow closer to God.
Photo: Unsplash/Svyatoslav Romanov
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
At times “10 Things” feels like being witness to little acts of self-liberation.
Photo: IMDB
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Watching the finale, my mind wandered through places in my life that have been special to me.
FaithFeatures
Jim McDermott
Again and again I have watched Californians find a way beyond the categories they are supposed to occupy.
Daisy Ridley stars in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." (CNS photo/Disney)
Arts & CultureFilm
Jim McDermott
In my experience the separation of priest from everybody else is neither helpful nor based on any kind of truth.
Photo: CNS, Netflix, Showtime, America
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
How can it be that the finale of “Lost,” the introduction of the iPad and “Bridesmaids” all happened within the last 10 years?
Photo courtesy Jon Rou, Loyola Marymount University
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
Being courtside at a presidential candidate debate sounds thrilling, but it turns out that you don’t get a great view of all the candidates. While I can see Biden’s head, I cannot see the body to which it is attached, and from my angle Senator Elizabeth Warren is just a left arm. Worse, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a haunting disembodied voice.
‘Watchmen‘'s main character, Angela Abraham, right, is played by the ever-outstanding Regina King (photo: HBO).
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
The new show from Damon Lindelof is more than another high concept sci-fi series.