John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
Photos: clockwise from top left: “Long Strange Trip” (Amazon Studios); “Get Out” (Universal Pictures); Phantom Thread” (Focus Features); and “Lady Bird” (A24)  
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 22, 2017
Nine films that raised our faith in humanity because, after all, humans made these movies.
Alastair Sim in the 1951 version of “A Christmas Carol” (Getty Images)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 13, 2017
Five movies to watch this holiday season: some familiar, some unexpected.
Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya”
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 08, 2017
Perhaps Trump-style class resentments and the disregarding of women’s stories are simply constants in American life.
Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (photo: Fox Searchlight)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonNovember 08, 2017
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” contains enough guilt to keep the town's confessionals busy for months.
Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird (Photo: A24)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonNovember 02, 2017
Lady Bird, with her magenta hair and acne, is an original; Greta Gerwig, appropriately, takes chances.
Melissa Leo as the fearsome Reverend Mother Marie St. Claire (Sony Pictures Classics)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonNovember 01, 2017
Set in the early ’60s, “Novitiate” is yet another tale of the trauma suffered by the religious and their orders in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.
Josh Gad, Chadwick Bosman and Sterling K. Brown in 'Marshall' (Open Road Films)
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonOctober 12, 2017
He might get a shotgun escort when he leaves town, but Thurgood Marshall is the Lone Ranger of civil rights.
Padraic Delany as Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1517. (Courtesy of Jake Thomas/PBS)
Arts & Culture Television
John AndersonSeptember 11, 2017
The two-hour film portrays the "simple monk" Martin Luther as more of a Catholic than he is generally thought to be.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonSeptember 08, 2017
"The Good Catholic," out in theaters today, tells the story of an idealistic young priest, Daniel who is happy in his work, unhappy in his faith.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonAugust 11, 2017
In the wake of Vatican II, the teaching nuns of a convent find their way of life being jettisoned by a revenue-challenged church.