The Common Good

Gareth Higgins

Gareth Higgins is a writer and broadcaster from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has worked as an academic and activist. He is the author of Cinematic States: America in 50 Movies and How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films. He blogs at and co-presents “The Film Talk” podcast with Jett Loe at He is also a Sojourners contributing editor. Originally from Northern Ireland, he lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Blog Posts by Gareth Higgins

Posted by Gareth Higgins 2 years 32 weeks ago
Fifteen-hundred years ago, a Dublin-based shepherd made his mark on history by turning the Chicago River green, staggering inebriated through the city, and inventing the "Kiss Me I’m Irish" hat....
Posted by Gareth Higgins 3 years 9 weeks ago
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to...
Posted by Gareth Higgins 3 years 10 weeks ago
It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris, recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, that are so...
Posted by Gareth Higgins 3 years 17 weeks ago
Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a number of summer blockbusters coming out that will woo crowds to the theaters, but with the sky-high prices of theater tickets...
Posted by Gareth Higgins 4 years 19 weeks ago

Articles by Gareth Higgins

The purpose of art is to help us live better. 

Calvary is a rare and beautiful film, one that tells the truth, or at least asks for it honestly.

Studios have been realizing that there is an audience for long-form storytelling that is willing to think.

At film festivals, because we're all living together for a few days, people let their guard down.

To build a new world, sometimes you have to tear the old one down.