Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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Mixed-up morality

Movies | First Reformed tries to pass humanism off as Christian profundity
by Megan Basham
Posted 6/14/18, 02:36 pm

Paul Schrader’s new movie First Reformed (rated R for a disturbing scene of suicide) is a rare film that’s being praised far and wide for its thoughtful depiction of Christian faith. NPR hailed it as a “spiritually probing work of art.” The Washington Post described it as “a listening for God’s call.” Most intriguing, the San Francisco Chronicle called it a “seriously Christian movie.”

Except it’s not.

What it is is a movie that offers humanist philosophy masquerading as Christian profundity.  

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Two as one

Movies | Incredibles 2 highlights family empowerment, not feminism 
by Megan Basham
Posted 6/13/18, 06:18 pm

When The Incredibles first hit theaters in 2004, it earned nearly universal praise not only for its excellent animation but also for the way it snuck provocative themes into a thoroughly entertaining storyline. Fourteen years later, the Incredibles are back and, once again, they’re sure to spark the kind of analysis that will make non-movie-obsessed people say, “We’re talking about a kids’ movie, right?”

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MASTERPIECE on PBS; BBC; Playground

From girls to grown-ups

Television | Masterpiece’s reboot of Little Women adds depth to familiar characters
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/24/18, 02:39 pm

It’s hard to complain about PBS Masterpiece’s gorgeously staged version of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved coming-of-age tale, Little Women. In these days of emoji communication, watching the March sisters giggle over paper chains and share dreams while curling each other’s hair is like visual comfort food.  

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