Beyoncé Sparks Unlikely Red Lobster Stampede

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How much real-world influence does a popular entertainer really exercise? Normally, that’s an incredibly tricky question to try to answer. Why? Because there are just so many variables in play that it makes proving air-tight causal links between pop culture and real-world behavior virtually impossible. Besides that, artists and entertainment creators often try to downplay […]

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Behind the Scenes of the Plugged In Movie Awards

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What is the big deal with those Plugged In Movie Awards? What qualifications does Plugged In look for in nominees? How do a film’s content issues factor in? When is a film’s quality considered? Why is that movie in that category instead of this one? How come my favorite movie missed making any of the […]

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Son-Dance Films

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Between my sophomore and junior years of college, I hit the pause button on my education, rented a Vail condominium with a couple of other guys, bought a season pass and landed a night job at a fancy restaurant in the village near the original gondola. I love to ski, and I’ve always wanted to […]

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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Phone

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IKEA, those clever Swedish furniture makers who have convinced us all to make our own furniture, are getting creative again. Their latest invention: A table that somehow cooks soup via your smartphone. Well, not your smartphone. Not unless you live in Taiwan and frequent the IKEA store there. And, of course, you’ve got to be […]

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2016 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie

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All this week we’re unveiling our picks for our Plugged In Movie Awards, wherein we select the movies we feel best nourish both the mind and soul. (But make sure to read our full reviews before deciding whether you or your family should see any of these!) Our four categories are Kids, Teens, Adults and […]

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2016 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Adults

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All this week we’re unveiling our picks for our Plugged In Movie Awards, wherein we select the movies we feel best nourish both the mind and soul. (But make sure to read our full reviews before deciding whether you or your family should see any of these!) Our four categories are Kids, Teens, Adults and […]

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2016 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Kids

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Oscars, schmoscars. Since nobody’s actually paying much attention to all that manufactured buzz about the likes of The Revenant and Mad Max, we’ll move right along with our own set of moviedom honors. It’s time once again for our Plugged In Movie Awards, wherein we select the movies we feel best nourish both the mind […]

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You May Never Run Out of Toner Again

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We’ve all been there. You need to wash clothes for work the next day, but you discover all too late that you’re all out of detergent. Or you need to print out an important document, and—wouldn’t you know it?—the toner’s gone! Drat! Admittedly, these are first-world problems, not honest-to-goodness existential crises. Still, these are the […]

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Ride Along 2, Revenant Force Star Wars Off the Top

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What does it take to topple an utterly dominant, seemingly invincible galactic force? You need a vertically challenged, fast-talking cop, apparently. Oh, and maybe a very angry bear. After four weeks bestriding the box office charts like a colossus, Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to third this weekend—slipping behind both the comedy Ride Along […]

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