The keepers of our nostalgia want to peddle it to us again and again. In most lexicons, nostalgia means either a wistful longing for the past or products and artifacts that invoke that feeling. Contemporary film is glutted with nostalgia. Sequels and franchise films parlay the profits banked by their predecessors, often reducing beloved narratives

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At long last, Paul Schrader’s cinematic masterpiece. I have been waiting most of my adult life for Paul Schrader to direct a great film. In 1972, at the age of 26, Schrader penned a small, academic tome about the films of Robert Bresson, Carl Theodor Dreyer, and Yasujirō Ozu called Transcendental Style in Film. Two years later, he shared a screenplay credi

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Fox’s new A. A. Milne biopic is more Eeyore than Tigger—but maybe that’s a good thing. “Surely this is the happiest young boy on earth,” chirps the narrator of a newsreel. He is speaking of Christopher Robin, the son of A. A. Milne, subject and first recipient of the stories of the Hundred Acre Wood. The newsreel narrator, like the adoring fans of Winnie

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A Catholic perspective. I have long been sympathetic with Father Yves Congar’s famous remark that if figures on both sides of the Reformation divide had been a bit more open-minded and open-hearted, there might be a Lutheran order in the Catholic Church today, just as there are Dominicans, Franciscans, Benedictines, and, indeed, Augustinians, the religious f

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