Moana Hooks Another Win, Spoils Office Christmas Party

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Moana won the weekend’s box office title. No, wait, you can’t stop me! I’ve already written this blog! I can say anything I want here! Anything! Well, within reason, of course. You never know what my editor may want to change. So, given my semi-utter control over this […]

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A Big Year For Jesus (at the Movies)

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Christians sometimes complain, especially this time of year, that Jesus is being taken out of everything. We bemoan the lack of traditional Nativity scenes on public property. We lament when people wish us “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Last year, Starbucks was lambasted for serving up a plain red cup for the holidays instead […]

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Moana Sails Past Fantastic Beasts

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Another long Thanksgiving weekend, another Disney princess atop the box office. Three years ago, Disney’s Frozen climbed to the box office dais during the gobble-gob holiday, collecting a cool $67.4 million over the weekend and $93.6 million spanning the full five-day Thanksgiving span. The latter mark was an all-time record, incidentally, and hinted at the […]

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Arrival and Us: Are We All Speaking the Same Language?

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Almost everyone likes Arrival. The $24.1 million worth of people who saw it thought it was just fine. (It gets a “B” from viewers, according to Cinemascore.) Secular critics thought it was fantastic. (It’s got a 93% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and plenty of reviewers are calling it one of the best movies of […]

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Doctor Strange Wins Again

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It’s autumn, no question. We’re watching football. We’re raking leaves. Some of us may already be basting the Thanksgiving Turducken. But at the movies, it sure looks an awful lot like summer. For the second straight weekend, a Marvel superhero movie—Doctor Strange—stood atop the box office wearing its nifty sentient cape, collecting an estimated $43 […]

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Vodcast: The Curious Case of Doctor Strange

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Myth and the Curious Case of Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is nothing if not an odd, curious duck. Both the character and the movie, to be clear. The “good” doctor himself is a bit of a roguish hero who, while outwardly projecting confidence and bravado, inwardly struggles with a massive identity crisis due to a severely misplaced sense of self-worth. The movie itself, […]

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When Doctor Strange Went to Ephesus

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Doctor Strange is casting its lucrative spell on the box office. It’s Marvel’s latest successful introduction of a character whom only really “inside baseball” comic book fans likely even knew existed. And in translating the mystical story of Dr. Stephen Strange to the big screen, director Scott Derrickson has managed to do something paradoxically compelling: […]

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Strange Days at the Box Office

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Never underestimate the drawing power of Benedict Cumberbatch in a cape. Doctor Strange, the latest fringe Marvel character to get his own big movie deal, performed a nifty little magic trick this weekend. His titular movie teleported straight to the top of the box office, conjuring an estimated $85 million into Disney’s already packed coffers. […]

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Boo! Madea Scares Up Another Win

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The theaters were filled with top-flight superstars this weekend: multi-Oscar winner Tom Hanks. Ageless action hero Tom Cruise. Ben Affleck—a guy who, um, directs really, really well. But none had the moxie to best Tyler Perry in drag. For the second straight weekend, Boo! A Madea Halloween took the weekend’s box office crown and daintily […]

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When Madea Scared Jack

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Projections can be scary things. Just ask Jack Reacher. You see, many prognosticators had forecast Tom Cruise’s latest, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, as the prohibitive favorite to win the weekend’s box office battle. But they underestimated the magnetic appeal of a certain moo moo-wearing movie matriarch: Madea. Tyler Perry’s no-nonsense, wisdom-and-vulgarity spouting alter ego startled […]

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