John Anderson is a television critic for The Wall Street Journal and a contributor to The New York Times.
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.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonApril 05, 2019
Under a remarkably convincing recreation of 1819 England is both the brutality and the self-righteousness exhibited by the haves, when the have-nots ask for more.
Photo courtesy History
Arts & Culture Television
John AndersonMarch 22, 2019
A new series on History approaches Jesus and his followers as humans rather than as stained-glass icons.
Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman in ‘The Bells of St. Mary‘s’ (photo: Alamy)
Arts & Culture Books
John AndersonMarch 08, 2019
Crosby was the most Catholic superstar the United States has ever seen.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonFebruary 06, 2019
Who, exactly, was the fastidious, mustachioed Hercule Poirot?
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonJanuary 11, 2019
“La Religieuse” has been assailed as an attack on the church itself. And by people who had not even seen the film.
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 28, 2018
“Vice” isn’t a dishonest movie, exactly. It just enables dishonesty.
Clockwise from top left: "The Favourite," "The Death of Stalin," "First Reformed and "Roma"
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 21, 2018
The best movies from this year were about family, both natural and improvised.
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics
Arts & Culture Film
John AndersonDecember 14, 2018
Nadine Labaki’s new film is set amid the supreme chaos of current-day Beirut.