What Makes a Movie a Success?

There’s never been a movie that appealed to everyone, a motion picture without a single critic. Take two films awarded Best Picture, Chariots of Fire and Braveheart. One Chariots critic went so far as to state that the movie was “an affirmation of clouded and second-hand values—and, as a result, it becomes vulgar.” With Braveheart, […]

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War Room: Fighting for the Time To Pray

War Room: Fighting for the Time to Pray

War Room surprised everyone when it muscled its way toward the top of the box office standings. Not very many people thought a movie about prayer had a, well, prayer of achieving something like that—let alone doing so while showing on significantly fewer screens than its competition. More important than that, though, is what War Room […]

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Of ‘Goonies’ and ‘Bridges,’ Pilgrimages and Relics

In the Middle Ages, many Christians believed that taking a spiritual pilgrimage to visit holy shrines and relics would give them a chance to experience God more deeply. Jerusalem represented the ultimate destination for faithful followers of means. But for the vast majority of believers, such a journey was, practically speaking, impossible. Instead, they might […]

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Compton Triumphs Over Sinister Hitman

The rap biopic Straight Outta Compton laid the beat down on its competition for the second straight week, Easy-E’ing into the top box office spot with an estimated Ice Cube-cold $26.8 million. Compton has already snatched $111.5 million in two weekends of work, and that’s nothing to spit at. Granted, Compton’s win came during a […]

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What Spy Movies (and Grandma) Say About Media Discernment

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

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

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

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

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

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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