John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
Antonio Banderas in ‘Pain and Glory’ (photo: Fox Searchlight)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonOctober 09, 2019
Growing up, the plan for Pedro Almodóvar was to become a priest. Instead he became one of the world’s great directors.
Renée Zellweger is Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ (photo: BBC Films)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonSeptember 28, 2019
In “Judy,” the utterly endearing Judy Garland—birdlike, brittle, addicted to pills and booze—is also a junkie for the standing O.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt at their most charismatic in Quentin Tarrantino’s new film (photo: IMDB).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJuly 26, 2019
We must accept that Quentin Tarantino will never make a serious movie—by which is meant a movie that takes itself seriously.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJuly 11, 2019
“American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel” is about like-minded liberal Christians joining forces in a ruthlessly Republican landscape where people talk more religion than they practice.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJune 21, 2019
Woody’s penchant for self-sacrifice is just one of the aspects that has been recycled for “Toy Story 4” and while you would have to be a Grinch to find any faults in the new film, there are a few.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJune 14, 2019
On June 17, 2015, a 23-year-old white supremacist killed nine African-Americans during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonMay 29, 2019
There is a very Christian concept underlying “Rocketman,” namely Elton’s redemption—even if it is from his own biography.
Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott in ‘Aladdin.’ (CNS photo/Disney)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonMay 24, 2019
There was a moment during “Aladdin” when I thought, “This would have made a terrific animated movie.”
Tolkien is played both convincingly and charmingly by Nicholas Hoult (photo: Fox Searchlight).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonMay 07, 2019
The John Ronald Reuel Tolkien of Dome Karukoski’s film has all the raw ingredients he needs to become J. R. R. Tolkien.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonApril 12, 2019
The new film is in many ways an act of love, an effort to tell its story both freshly and honestly, with fidelity to Scripture.