The Christian Century

The Christian Century is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kathryn Reklis
Rating Title/Year Author
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Kathryn Reklis Tarantino clearly believes in the catharsis of fictional violence-as its title suggests, Once Upon a Time is a kind of fairy tale, and it is deeply compelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Kathryn Reklis Though the movie does not have the same depth as the three-season series, it offers some new insights on the motley band of humans... who are trying to do right by each other in the face of monopoly capitalism and a political system ruled by the wealthy.. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Kathryn Reklis All we get of the charrette in the film is a briskly paced montage set to music of black and white participants talking, eating meals, debating, drafting proposals, and voting. We barely hear any of their actual conversations. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Us (2019) Kathryn Reklis It is a testimony to Peele's power as a filmmaker that he weaves this overwhelming idea into an absorbing and even enjoyable film. He got the genre right: we should be terrified. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Kathryn Reklis Mary Poppins Returns sings this same song in a new key, but it rings a little hollower 55 years later. We may need more than magical childhoods to cure what ails us now. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Roma (2018) Kathryn Reklis Having broken through the haze of childhood memory, Cuarón knows that those forces of power - and the race, class, and gender dynamics they set in motion - define the complex intimate relationships between domestic workers and their employers. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
The Oath (2018) Kathryn Reklis Jokey white bro solidarity doesn't seem like the kind of understanding across difference that we need now. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018) Kathryn Reklis The movie is adapted from the young adult novel by Angie Thomas, and the tropes of that genre-a first-person narrative about finding oneself on the way to adulthood-allow it to strike boldly at the emotions that more detached grown-up dramas might avoid. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Kathryn Reklis A very funny movie about the very unfunny persistence of white supremacy in American culture. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Kathryn Reklis Soon enough the logic of maximal profit infiltrates every crevice of human life, including the human body. To say more is to spoil the surprise-and the last third of the movie is a wild ride. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Leave No Trace (2018) Kathryn Reklis My favorite movie of the summer is the quiet masterpiece Leave No Trace, directed by Debra Granik. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Out of the Furnace (2013) Kathryn Reklis The choice to pit [Christian Bale] against a specific bad guy reduces the movie somewhat; we've seen this story in various guises many times before. But it also gives the film a steady focus.. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
American Hustle (2013) Kathryn Reklis As cons within cons press loyalties on every side, the film is less about political corruption than the deep longing of its characters to find a piece of solid ground, something they can stake a life on. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Beautiful Creatures (2013) Kathryn Reklis The history that is supposed to hold the lovers in a web of human and supernatural connections owes more to the History Channel than history books. But the film taps into an unexpected understanding of agency. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
mother! (2017) Kathryn Reklis The movie burns hot on its own manic energy but stops being fun right around the time mother suffers all the vile misogyny of the Western tradition. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Kathryn Reklis There is something thrilling in seeing black male heroes exercising their agency Braveheart-style. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
First Reformed (2017) Kathryn Reklis The movie ends with a breathtaking scene that feels like an epiphany. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Paterson (2016) Kathryn Reklis The movie is a visual and narrative masterpiece. The landscape conveys the character of the town, its history, and the inner life of its inhabitants. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
La La Land (2016) Kathryn Reklis It's an airy confection of delight that is at the same time wised-up and nostalgic. And it aims for a vision of moviemaking that is rhapsodic and earnest without being sentimental. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Kathryn Reklis It calls the very idea of solo heroism into question. There are plenty of daring heroics in The Last Jedi and no shortage of characters who want to step into Luke's or Han's shoes, but now that impulse is shown to just make things worse. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Logan Lucky (2017) Kathryn Reklis It's a heist movie, so we are still cheering for criminal behavior, but it is positively old-fashioned in its warm-hearted generosity toward its characters and by extension its viewers. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Kathryn Reklis Beatriz is the water to Doug's oil, the light to his dark. Doug is a destroyer, Beatriz a healer. But Beatriz is a match for Doug and the only one of the characters with a moral center coherent enough to take him on. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Detroit (2017) Kathryn Reklis Detroit reveals the stories we tell about ourselves and helps us face the myth of white innocence and the havoc it can wreak. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Kathryn Reklis There are moments of grace and healing as the siblings move out from under the shadow of their father's domination into a deeper understanding of each other. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Kathryn Reklis As a working mom juggling the daily grind, I was probably the intended audience for A Bad Moms Christmas, but I couldn't recognize myself or anyone I know in it. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Kathryn Reklis No one learns anything about responsibility, cooperation, kindness, or even the basic tenets of respect. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Carol (2015) Kathryn Reklis With a minimum number of words and gestures, Mara conveys the complex inner life of Therese, a young woman in 1950s New York who's trying to understand what it means to fall in love. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Anomalisa (2015) Kathryn Reklis The film is a meditation on the difficulty of relating to another person and letting that person into one's life. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
45 Years (2015) Kathryn Reklis I can't remember a movie that took lifelong marriage as its subject without adding the threat of immanent death; 45 Years does this, and celebrates the achievement of fidelity without taking it for granted. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Straight Outta Compton (2015) Kathryn Reklis Straight Outta Compton could use a dose of reality about its own history. But it's a rare movie in depicting the stakes of prophetic, controversial art without losing sight of artistic process. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
While We're Young (2014) Kathryn Reklis Baumbach is too subtle to offer simple moral lessons. Instead he pushes us to see that there's more going on here. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Boyhood (2014) Kathryn Reklis There are no big speeches or heavy-handed themes in the film -- just the unfolding of a particular life in a particular body, a particular story. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Fruitvale Station (2013) Kathryn Reklis Ryan Coogler's first feature-length film, Fruitvale Station, is a powerful, meditative exploration of one ordinary life that met an extraordinary and tragic end. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
Django Unchained (2012) Kathryn Reklis This vision of vengeance is morally problematic, but it contains a kernel of gospel truth: sometimes there is mercy, and even joy, in the fantasy that evil will meet an irrevocable end. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
The Witch (2015) Kathryn Reklis The Witch doesn't focus on shock or gore; instead it's visually stunning and completely engrossing -- and a true thriller, giving us more suspense than horror. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Selma (2014) Kathryn Reklis It captures something more elusive in our fictions and in our politics: the feeling and dynamic of a collective movement. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Her (2013) Kathryn Reklis The film's great achievement is in making the computer-human love affair seem natural and in realistically charting the movement from dependence on technology to full-blown emotional attachment. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Kathryn Reklis Joss Whedon's film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is an enchanting modern take on the 16th-century romance and a nearly perfect movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Inside Out (2015) Kathryn Reklis The result is a visual delight and an animated marvel. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Kathryn Reklis The movie lives up to its hype. It excels as a superhero action film while pressing the boundaries of what the superhero genre can say about politics, diversity, and the power of fantasy to shape moral imagination. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018) Kathryn Reklis Amid a plethora of tired summertime movie sequels, Incredibles 2 stands out. Fourteen years in the making, Incredibles 2 is a superhero movie critiquing what it means to believe in superheroes. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018