Voices
John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz and Sean Persaud as Tommy in David Fincher's "Mank" (photo: Netflix).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonNovember 13, 2020
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).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonOctober 16, 2020
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)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonSeptember 16, 2020
“The Devil All the Time” is a story of fathers and sons, serial killers, religious frauds and fundamentalist lunatics.
Dev Patel as David Copperfield (photo: FilmNation Entertainment)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonAugust 28, 2020
“Copperfield” on the page or on the screen is a moral fable, the story of a boy growing into a moral man
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Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonAugust 28, 2020
‘Fatima,’ gives both the innocent faithful and the innocently faithless their due.
Flannery O’Connor and her peacocks (photo: Joe McTyre)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJuly 17, 2020
“Flannery” is an apologia for O’Connor but, like any good defense, it takes the position that she doesn’t need one.
Mark Rylance, far left, played Thomas Cromwell in the BBC production of “Wolf Hall” (2015). Paul Scofield, near left, won an Oscar for his portrayal of St. Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” (1966). (photo credit - Masterpiece/Alamy)
Arts & Culture Books
John AndersonJuly 17, 2020
Mantel’s portrait of More is of a self-serving whiner with a death wish. But what must always be remembered is that she is creating fiction.
Arts & Culture Television
John AndersonMay 29, 2020
One of the basics of comedy is the element of surprise, and Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” surprised us by not being comedy.
Nazario Gerardi plays Francis in “The Little Flowers of St. Francis” (The Criterion Collection)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonMay 01, 2020
Encountering Roberto Rossellini’s “The Flowers of St. Francis,” which turns 70 this year, will be an odd experience for most first-timers.
Photo: Netflix
Arts & Culture Television
John AndersonApril 17, 2020
When someone refers to a “foul” system, he is not talking only about law enforcement and prosecution.