Voices
John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
Alessandro Nivola, right, as Dickie Moltisanti in ’The Many Saints of Newark’ (photo: HBO)
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When it comes to their religion, the criminals embrace the rituals and ignore the meaning.
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If only the priest would turn his back on members of the congregation, the movie’s logic goes, and recite the liturgy in a language they don’t understand, the pews would be full and the seminaries overflowing.
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‘Lourdes’ is a film of dignity, charity and profundity—one in which hope is made palpable.
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A new documentary on the L.G.B.T.Q. ministry of James Martin, S.J., provides an engaging look at his work—and an eye-opening perspective on his opponents.
Corey Hawkins as Benny and Leslie Grace as Nina in “In the Heights” (photo: Warner Brothers)
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The new movie version of “In the Heights,” directed by John M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), will be a must-see for fans of “Hamilton.”
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“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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“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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“Saint Maud” is the latest entrant in the religious-obsessives-are-the-craziest-people movie catalogue.