John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
‘The Irishman’ focuses on hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert DeNiro) and Sheeran’s years-long relationship with the longtime Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) (photo: Netflix).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonOctober 31, 2019
Scorsese is certainly the great Catholic filmmaker of our times, one who regards sin as something that must be confronted or even embraced in order to be understood.
Alexandre Guérin (Melvil Poupaud), right, plays a sexual abuse victim in ‘By the Grace of God’ (photo: IMDB).
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonOctober 17, 2019
François Ozon has created a film that is connected organically to its subject matter, one that breathes and writhes and grieves in synch with its victims.
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.”