Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Line drill

Theater | Learning the price of a cheap Broadway ticket on a pre-dawn sidewalk in New York
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/16/18, 01:16 pm

A New York moment: 

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Spiritual cinema

Culture | The ‘Coen brothers of Europe’ are quietly making and producing simple moral parables with powerful themes of wrongdoing, hurt, and redemption
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/10/18, 11:35 am

About 12 years ago film critic Joel Mayward—then a pastoral intern—googled “Christianity in films” and came across Image Journal’s Top 100 list of films from its Arts and Faith forum.

He decided to start working through the list, renting DVDs from a local video rental store. Several of the films near the top of the list at the time were written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, a Belgian directing, writing, and producing duo. Mayward became obsessed.

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Patterns of defending the powerful

New York | As celebrities dress in Catholic-themed couture, an abuse scandal rocks New York politics
by Emily Belz
Posted 5/09/18, 03:52 pm

A New York moment: 

Monday was the city’s big fashion night, the Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme was plastered on the front of the museum: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The evening featured, of course, high profile celebrities dressed in sometimes unsettling tributes to Catholicism—the pop star Rihanna, for example, came dressed as a glittery pope. 

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