Emily (Zoe Kazan) and Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) in "The Big Sick." Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios.
Arts & Culture Film
June 21, 2017
What “The Big Sick” gets at is how America undermines traditions from other countries, and always has.
Kate Micucci, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza in "The Little Hours" (photo: Sundance)
Arts & Culture Film
June 15, 2017
Surprise and outrage are two of the basic tools of comedy, and no one expects these sweet-looking sisters to sound like sailors.
Holi, India. Photo: Argot Pictures
Arts & Culture Film
May 04, 2017
John Anderson reviews "Sacred," a documentary exploring various world religions.
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."