Is this the “best first film” for very young children?

This Oscar-nominated animated short is a rare wonder that will likely become an early-childhood treasure for young…


Living: a reverent but strangely abbreviated remake of a Kurosawa masterpiece

The great Bill Nighy is masterful in a strangely simplified adaptation of "Ikiru."


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Favorite Recordings of 2022: #36 – #21

You're likely to find some new favorites here in this wildly diverse list of albums and selected tracks from my…


Favorite Recordings of 2022: Part One — Honorable Mentions

As I'll need some time to prepare my post on my Top 30 Favorite Recordings of 2022, I hope that this substantial feast…


Twas the season of “comfort food” movies…

A flashback to the '80s: Here's a new reflection on a "comfort food" movie worth revisiting during the holidays.


A conversation with Frederick Buechner in my quiet, snowbound house

Wondrous things can happen at Christmastime. And so it was that I found myself in deep conversation with the late…


Overstreet Archives: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Ten years ago, I wrote about The Muppet Christmas Carol for another website, marking the film's 20th anniversary. Here,…


The Wonder: a film about what we believe and why it matters

On the week that I watched The Wonder , I had a challenging encounter with a stranger that brought the movie's central…


All-Stars: Steven D. Greydanus and 20+ years of extraordinary writing on film

Star-gazing again, I'm pointing to one of the brightest in the cosmos of criticism: Steven D. Greydanus. I'd be…


Sparks but no fireworks from My Father’s Dragon

The source material, a 1948 children's book by Ruth Stiles Gannett, is whimsical and funny, and has clearly influenced…


A loud recommendation for All Quiet on the Western Front

Do we need another epic war movie in 2022? Yes, if it serves to strip away any sense that battlefields are about heroes…