Dead Poets Society and the Legacy of Dr. Luke Reinsma

Four years ago this week, I wrote about how I had changed my mind about "Dead Poets Society." This week, I re-post it…

A great film about linguistics has arrived…

"There is nothing novel about isolationism," says Dr. Kathryn Bartholomew, professor emeritus of languages and…

Nature versus nurture… versus nefarious villains

Three Identical Strangers is about the joys of brotherhood, the importance of free information and effective…

A riches-to-bigger-riches story

Crazy Rich Asians is a Cinderella story in which someone much richer than most of us discovers that wealth is relative,…

It’s a beautiful day in Eighth Grader-hood

If "Love is attention," like they say in Lady Bird, then the secret of Eighth Grade is the love it shows its central…

Ethan-ized: A new Mission: Impossible offers an incomplete hero

While Mission: Impossible—Fallout played, I loved every minute of it. But afterward, I had an itch that I couldn't…

Beat the heat with Hearts Beat Loud

Just what the summer movie season needed: a light, fun, frivolous 90 minutes in a record store with Nick Offerman.

Fred Rogers: a lantern for troubled times

I'm not likely to see a more memorable, meaningful movie all year. Neither are you.

Into the woods with Will and Tom

From the director of Winter's Bone, Leave No Trace is a powerful portrait of a father and daughter that asks us what…

Are Bob, Helen, Dash, Violet, and Jack-Jack still Incredible?

Incredibles 2 suffers a bit from a predictable twist and from themes that get, like Elastigirl, bent out of shape. But…

In which I wrestle with Paul Schrader’s First Reformed

The most invigorating subject of discussion at the movies this year is also a difficult and, for me, frustrating film.

A jewel heist that stole my ten dollars

Ocean's 8 should've been a blast. It's a missed opportunity in so many ways.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word — a Looking Closer film forum

Can a documentary about the Pope give us a complex, nuanced, truthful vision that is more than just a vehicle for a…