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John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
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John Anderson
“Lady of Guadalupe” is not an episode of “Law & Order: Sacred Visions Unit,” or anything close, though it might inspire devotion to Our Lady.
Photo still from ‘Francesco,’ a documentary from Evgeny Afineevsky
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“Francesco” dissolves much of the distance between the pope and the people of all faiths who embrace him.
Daniel Kaluuya, center, in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” (CNS photo/Glen Wilson, Warner Bros.)
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The “messiah” of the title is Fred Hampton, a Black Panther leader, orator, organizer and, in 1969, a 21-year-old murder victim at the hands of Chicago police.
Frances McDormand in "Nomadland" (CNS photo/Searchlight Pictures).
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John Anderson
“Nomadland” is the kind of movie that wins awards and no one ever watches it again. It’s cruel but true.
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John Anderson
“Saint Maud” is the latest entrant in the religious-obsessives-are-the-craziest-people movie catalogue.
Frances McDormand in “Nomadland,” which played at film festivals in 2020 and will be released to theaters in February 2021. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.
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John Anderson
Have we seen the end of motion pictures as we knew them?
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John Anderson
The last movie in his “Godfather” trilogy was critically eviscerated when it debuted, and “The Godfather: Coda, The Death of Michael Corleone” seems a last-ditch effort to redeem the film.
Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz and Sean Persaud as Tommy in David Fincher's "Mank" (photo: Netflix).
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John Anderson
There is no way not to see “Mank” as a tale of self-destruction and professional suicide.
Abdul-mateen II As Bobby Seale, Ben Shenkman as Leonard Weinglass, Mark Rylance as William Kuntsler, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, and Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ (photo: Nico Tavernise/Netflix).
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John Anderson
That “Chicago 7” is turning up on Netflix at this precise moment is no accident, the moment being serious.
Robert Pattinson as Preston Teagardin in ‘The Devil All the Time’ (photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020)
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John Anderson
“The Devil All the Time” is a story of fathers and sons, serial killers, religious frauds and fundamentalist lunatics.