John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
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.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 30, 2020
Have we seen the end of motion pictures as we knew them?
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 11, 2020
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).
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.