Joe George is a pop-culture writer whose work has appeared at Think Christian, Polygon, The Progressive, and elsewhere. He tweets from @jageorgeiii and collects his work at

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‘TÁR': If an Artist Moves Mountains, But Does Not Love, She Is Nothing

by Joe George 11-17-2022

Cate Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár in the movie "TÁR." Courtesy of Focus Features.

TÁR may be a 158-minute movie, but it starts rolling its credits at the beginning of the film. Not the usual type of opening credits, listing the names of movie stars and the director. Rather, TÁR begins with what movie industry folks call “below-the-line” credits, showing the names of orchestra musicians and the various studio personnel. Most movies would save these credits for the end of the film, but TÁR begins by listing every musician and laborer’s name, glowing white text on a black background.

In ‘Honk for Jesus,’ a Prosperity Pastor Hides His Demons

by Joe George 10-03-2022

Photo by Steve Swisher / Focus Features

Honk for Jesus follows Lee-Curtis and his wife First Lady Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall) as they prepare a grand reopening for their Atlanta-area megachurch.

Christians Need a Renewed Imagination, Not ‘Copaganda’

by Joe George 04-04-2022

Police cars explode in the film Ambulance, in theaters April 8. Screengrab via Universal Pictures.

Copaganda refers to any piece of media that portrays police as a necessary social institution. While this can include viral videos of police chatting with neighborhood kids or doing lip-sync battles, the most pervasive examples of copaganda are found in pop culture.