What Spy Movies (and Grandma) Say About Media Discernment

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not the headiest of movies, but it still got us thinking. In this, the second episode of the Plugged In Vodcast, Paul explains why spy movies always make him think of his grandma and how a particular conversation with her got him thinking about the ways we make exceptions […]

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Straight Outta Compton Goes Straight to the Top

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Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the controversial and influential rap act N.W.A., busted through the box office noise and climbed to the top, banking a pretty phenomenal $56.1 million. It crushed the rest of its competitors, earning more than the rest of the Top Five combined. Bad rap? Well, the movie certainly didn’t wow […]

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An Entertainment Adventure in Garage Saling

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As we do almost every year, my wife and I spent vacation time in July visiting our out-of-state daughter. And although you’ll probably find this a bit strange (for that matter, I find it a bit strange), over the last couple of years at least we’ve found ourselves spending some of that R&R garage saling. […]

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Taking Your Dating Cues from Hollywood

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Earlier this week, Lisa Anderson, director of young adults for Focus on the Family and host of the wildly popular and incredibly entertaining The Boundless Show,  spent some time on Focus on the Family’s daily broadcast chatting about her new book The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage With Purpose. You can catch […]

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Impossible Franchise Refuses to Take Vacation

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Mission: impossible? When it comes to collecting cash from weekend moviegoers, call it mission: inevitable. Riding Tom Cruise’s seemingly eternally young coattails, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation grabbed hold of the speeding box office and held on for dear life as the thing rose into the clear, blue air. Cruise’s latest turn as superspy Ethan […]

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Ant-Man Makes Large(ish) Splash

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Superheroes don’t get much smaller than Ant-Man. But the guy still made a big impact. Like one of those six-legged critters that can lift lemons over their waving antennae, Ant-Man hoisted an estimated $58 million and skittered away with it, all the way back to Disney’s increasingly palatial offices. Granted, Ant-Man’s opening gross fell a […]

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Mom’s ‘Extreme’ Movie Advice to Son is Right On

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What would you do if your teen wanted to see the recent movie Pitch Perfect 2? Author and blogger Glennon Doyle Melton said yes to her son Chase’s request to see the movie. But she didn’t want her son to be just a passive viewer, so her yes was a conditional one. And the conditions […]

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Minions Bag Jurassic World

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At the beginning of the movie Minions, our capsule-shaped protagonists accidentally dispatch their first boss ever—the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, king of the dinosaurs. And now, it seems, fictional animated history repeats itself. Universal’s Minions rumbled to a phenomenal $115.2 million estimated weekend, chucking Jurassic World into the pool of box office-afterthought lava. It nearly set […]

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Jurassic World Terminates Genisys, Magic Mike

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Tired of dinosaurs yet? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Neither is the movie-going public. For the fourth straight weekend, Jurassic World laid claim to a little mini-epoch and cemented itself as the biggest, baddest, roaringest movie around. Sure, maybe it’s looking a bit long in the tooth these days, earning a mere $30.9 million. But […]

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Ted 2 Mere Appetizer for Jurassic World

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Someday, when paleontologists dig through the rubble of our current age, they’ll discover the fossilized box office receipts for this June. They’ll carefully brush around the remnants of our days with their specialized whisk brooms, examine the strata and utter low whistles. “Yes,” they will say to each other. “This was truly the age of […]

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Jurassic World Turns Inside Out Upside Down

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The day of the dinosaurs has lasted for another epoch. Or, at least, one more weekend. Despite facing a new warm-blooded challenger in Inside Out, Jurassic World roared to another victory, ripping and tearing its way to a truly monstrous $102 million (estimated, of course), bringing its North American total gross to $398.2 million. If […]

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