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John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
Mark Wahlberg in ’Father Stu’ (Karen Ballard / Copyright 2022 CTMG, Inc.)
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John Anderson
“Father Stu” is intended to be inspirational, but viewers may find any sense of elevation elusive.
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John Anderson
For the better part of 40 years Pedro Almodóvar has personified both the cinema of Spain and the country’s conflicted relationship with the church.
Sidney Poitier places his hands in wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on June 23, 1967. Poitier, the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance, died on Jan. 6. He was 94. (AP Photo/File)
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John Anderson
Sidney Poitier’s abilities as an actor were subtle, even spiritual. They were about soul. Not his. Ours.
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John Anderson
Aaron Sorkin's take on the "behind-the-scenes" world of "I Love Lucy" depicts Lucille Ball in a most unsympathetic light.
Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie star in a scene from the movie "Belfast." (CNS photo/Rob Youngson, Focus Features)
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John Anderson
“Belfast” presents itself as a family photo album: Violence may intrude, but it doesn’t crowd out the Christmas pictures.
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John Anderson
This is not a movie about crime and punishment, but damage and recovery.
Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides, from left, Zendaya as Chani, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, and Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides in "Dune." Photo by Chiabella James/© 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
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John Anderson
Frank Herbert’s beloved novel has enough material that should preclude the kind of dead space that inhabits so much of this “Dune.”
Alessandro Nivola, right, as Dickie Moltisanti in ’The Many Saints of Newark’ (photo: HBO)
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John Anderson
When it comes to their religion, the criminals embrace the rituals and ignore the meaning.
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John Anderson
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.
Photo: Film Forum
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John Anderson
‘Lourdes’ is a film of dignity, charity and profundity—one in which hope is made palpable.