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Pixar Taught a Generation How to Have a Moral Imagination

  As a kid, all you want in the world is to be treated like…

The Enneagram Type of Falcon, the Winter Soldier and the Rest of the Avengers

One of the things that set Marvel’s Avengers apart as superheroes is that they’re also…

Five Must-Watch Films on Netflix That Can Expand Your Notion of Justice

We all know how easy it is to get sucked into the black hole of…

See an Exclusive Clip of Chadwick Boseman’s Final Performance in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Netflix is preparing for the release of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a film adaptation of…

The Spiritual Renaissance of Matthew McConaughey

Talking to Matthew McConaughey is exactly what you think it’s like. Rarely has an actor’s…

Letitia Wright Is Finding Joy

What does it take to be a star? Talent, obviously. Ambition, usually. A little bit…

Our 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

First of all, 2020’s got a high bar to clear. Last year was a terrific…

In Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night,’ Conviction Is (Excellent) Comedy

As movies become more responsive to the modern cultural climate, walking into a theater can…

Why the Beginning of ‘Up’ Still Devastates Us, 10 Years Later

It’s true: The sound of heartbreak doesn’t need any words at all. The dialogue-less opening…

Let’s Discuss the Utter Insanity of ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

Watching Godzilla: King of the Monsters is like asking your mom to buy your favorite cereal…

Review: ‘Rocketman’ Chronicles a Mega-Star’s Soaring, Messy Search for Love

The best thing about Rocketman is how it treats the music of its namesake and central…

Review: ‘Booksmart’ Is a Hilarious Ode to Making Dumb Decisions

The paradox of high school is it was a terrible experience for just about everyone,…

Review: Amy Poehler’s ‘Wine Country’ Subverts Typical Female-Story Tropes

“Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all,” Anne Lamott once…

Review: ‘Detective Pikachu’ Packs a Warm Family Story Inside a Wacky Mystery

There are two ways to explain Detective Pikachu, and the gap between those descriptors represents…

Review: We’ve Seen the ‘Tolkien’ Biopic, and We Have Answers to All Your Questions

This is a review of the new J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, Tolkien. People have a lot…

Review: ‘Long Shot’ Is a Romantic Comedy About the Trump Era (and It Works!)

Since the 2016 election, new relationships have had to deal with the unfamiliar threshold of…

Winterfell vs. Helm’s Deep: How the Two Epic Battle Scenes Stack Up

Last night’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Long Night,” aired an 80-minute battle, reportedly the…

Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Might Give You Hope for This Broken World

The perfect word is “ultimate.” Avengers: Endgame is not just a definitive punctuation mark in…

How ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Underscored the Power of the Iconic Cathedral

There are more popular Disney songs than “The Bells of Notre Dame,” but the opening…

How ‘Children of Men’ Hid a Hopeful Message Inside Its Apocalyptic Background

In Unpacking the Apocalypse, RELEVANT contributor Mary McCampbell explores the end-times of pop-culture for truth, meaning…

Review: ‘Breakthrough’ Passes Up the Tough Questions for Christian-Movie Cheese

Breakthrough is bookended by two cringe-worthy moments, one typical of faith movies and one not.…

Review: ‘The Highwaymen’ Interrogates Why We’re Drawn to a Pair of Killers

A dramatic telling of true American crime, Netflix’s The Highwaymen recounts the 100-day journey of the…

Review: ‘Mary Magdalene’ Is a Faith Movie that Will Actually Challenge You

The first thing about Mary Magdalene that sticks to you is its music. This movie…

Why ‘Shazam’ Might Be the Most Spiritually-Minded Superhero Movie Yet

Shazam! is a joyful superhero movie about a teenage foster kid, Billy Batson (Asher Angel),…

‘Best of Enemies’ Engages with Race Issues (and Faith) Better than ‘Green Book’

Best of Enemies is a “message movie” so effortless you find yourself buying in without…

In the Wonderful ‘Shazam,’ Zachary Levi Is the Superhero We Wish We Could Be

We eat shawarma with Marvel, but we bow to DC. The latter company’s heroes are…

Review: Disney Forgot to Bring the Magic to Their ‘Dumbo’ Remake

Everyone in Dumbo is measured against our titular blue-eyed elephant. He’s the litmus test for…

With ‘Us,’ Jordan Peele Crafts Another Searing Horror Parable

If Get Out was Jordan Peele’s edition of Social Horror 101, Us is his masterclass. It’s more dense and less…

How ‘God’s Not Dead’ Perpetuated the Modern Evangelical Victim Narrative

Five years ago, a desperate American Christian populace found a reckless, rage-fueled champion in God’s Not…

The New ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Will Reignite Your Hope for the Franchise’s Return

When the first details were revealed about Toy Story 4, we had some skepticism. For one thing,…

With a New Song-Filled Trailer and a Normal-Looking Genie, There Might Be Hope for ‘Aladdin’

Anticipation for Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie has seen more bumps and dips along the way than…

‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Honor the Awesome Hero at Its Center

For all its advancement and innovation, it took Marvel a startling 10 years to put…

8 Must-Watch Things New to Netflix In March

What’s going to be your excuse for a binge-watching marathon this month? St. Patty’s Day…

15 Years Later, a Christian Bubble Still Protects ‘Passion of the Christ’

A reading from the Book of Rotten Tomatoes. We turn to The Passion of the…

‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Caps the Underappreciated Trilogy In Perfect Fashion

It started as an underdog. Next to the the gargantuan IP-driven franchises of Disney, Pixar,…

RELEVANT’s 2019 Oscars Predictions (Plus Who Should Actually Win)

Amid one of the most fraught Oscars seasons ever, when musicians are dropping in and…

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ and the Limited Opportunities of Funny Women

Isn’t It Romantic is not short on funny women. The romantic comedy was written by…

20 Years Later, Does ‘Office Space’ Still Roast the Modern Workplace?

Movies become classics for different reasons. Mean Girls is quotable and The Hangover keeps you guessing.…

The 11 Best Love Stories On Netflix—For More Than Just Significant Others

We know, we know. Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday with a rote premise and…

The New ‘Aladdin’ Trailer Has Your First Full Look at Will Smith’s Genie

Over the weekend, Disney dropped another teaser for their upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin. The sneak…