Kong King of the Box Office

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Hollywood’s largest primate didn’t monkey around this weekend. Kong: Skull Island stomped, smashed and roared its way to the top of the box office heap, rumbling past all comers and putting its bloody handprint on the weekend’s championship. The silverback banked an estimated 61 million greenbacks en route to the win, proving that moviedom’s most enduring, […]

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Culture Clips: Logan & The Shack, Art & Redemption

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Could the bloody, profane, R-rated movie Logan somehow deliver a more redemptive message than The Shack? Relevant contributor Seth Hurd argues that perhaps it does. “From the opening scene, it’s clear that [Logan] is a story about death. Because the badness is so real, the moments of redemption are so clear. If the darkness isn’t […]

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I’m Not Ashamed: A Teen Conversation Starter

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It’s not often that I see a movie that prompts me to think, Every family with teens I know should see this. But last year’s I’m Not Ashamed, the inspiring, tragic story of Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott had that effect on me. I’m revisiting the film now for two reasons: One, it was a […]

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Culture Clips: And the Oscar Goes To … No, Wait!

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Yep, we’re still talking about the Oscar gaffe. And let’s face it: It was a doozy. Thanks to an envelope mix-up, the world thought for about two minutes that the musical La La Land had won the Academy Awards’ Best Picture honors. Not so: The coming-of-age drama Moonlight was the real winner, and some say […]

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2017 Plugged In Movie Awards: And the Award Goes To …

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, after long and arduous deliberation (involving an occasional round of fisticuffs) and painstaking vote counting, it’s time to unveil the winners of our fourth annual Plugged In Movie Awards. Alas, due to budget cuts, we had to cancel our typical star-studded banquet in Hollywood. Perhaps next year. BEST MOVIE FOR KIDS […]

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At The Oscars This Year, It’s All About the Women

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The Oscars are nearly here. And we all know it wouldn’t be the Oscars without some Oscar-centric controversy. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has been replaced, according to some, with #OscarsSoMale. A recent study by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that of the 109 films released in 2014, women received fewer than 29% of […]

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Lighter Batman Spoils Darker Debut (at Least in North America)

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Everything snapped into place for The LEGO Batman Movie. The animated click—er, flick built itself an estimated $55.6 million take (presumably out of tile-shaped 100-dollar bills and tiny gold coins) to top the North American box office this weekend. And while Batman didn’t earn quite as much out of the gate as 2014’s The LEGO […]

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Why Do Christian Films Bomb? (No, Really?)

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Much to the surprise of Hollywood, The Passion of the Christ took in an earth-shattering $370.8 million domestically back in 2004 when it was released, cueing Hollywood into the huge, economic power of Christian moviegoers. The Passion was the fifth top-grossing film globally that year ($612 million), beating out the likes of Troy, Shark Tale […]

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Split Keeps Rolling Along

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To paraphrase Shakespeare, beware the movies of February. The year’s shortest month can’t be short enough for most studios. Whenever a studio exec screens a movie and says, “How did this thing get made?”, it’s followed almost immediately by, “Well, whatever. We’ll just sneak it out in February.” As such, even smaller movies that attract […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie

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We close out our Plugged In Movie Awards nominations with our picks for best Christian movie, and man, what a tough year it was. Faith-based films have never been better, and Hollywood made it extra tricky to decide even what, exactly, constituted a Christian movie. Could Martin Scorsese’s Silence or Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, both […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie For Adults

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Those Oscar voters have it made. To choose the best of the best based on sheer aesthetics—the writing, the acting, the cinematography—feels easy compared to the task set before us. In this category, we have to factor in ethics, morality and worldview, too. Sure, maybe a given film looks amazing. But what does it actually […]

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