Jigsaw Puzzles Together a Win

Jigsaw

Given the season and all, perhaps it’s fitting that a horror movie won a truly terrifying weekend—at least terrifying as far as Hollywood  bean counters are concerned. Jigsaw, a resurrection of the Saw franchise, took the top spot with a woeful $16.3 million (estimated, of course). Its victory simultaneously confirmed the horror genre’s power this […]

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A Conversation With Kevin Sorbo

Once upon on a time way back in the last millennium, actor Kevin Sorbo visited many a living room weekly via his popular action-adventure series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. These days, though, he’s often in movies that focus on another kind of adventure—a spiritual one. Sorbo’s latest faith-based film, Let There Be Light, lands in […]

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A Conversation With Miles Teller

The movie Only the Brave—which documents the true story of an Arizona wildfire that tragically killed 19 wildland firefighters in June 2013—opens in theaters this weekend. And I recently had a chance to sit down with one of the movie’s stars, Miles Teller (Allegiant, Fantastic Four, Footloose), to talk about his role in the film. […]

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Culture Clips: Distracted to Death?

Today’s vehicles are packed with more safety and collision-avoidance technology than ever before. But traffic-related deaths in the United States have nevertheless risen sharply over the last two years, up 14.4% after decades of generally trending downward. Curiously, certain kinds of folks are increasingly prone to be involved in fatal car accidents than others: pedestrians, […]

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Taking the Red Pill

An interesting new viral movement has been gathering momentum lately: A lot of young people are proudly reporting via YouTube and other sites that they’ve “taken the Red Pill.” No, that’s not another new drug. Nor does it have anything to do with a similarly named “pick-up culture/anti-feminism” discussion on Reddit that some people are […]

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The ‘Trespassers Will’ of Childhood

Goodbye Christopher Robin

No offense, Walt Disney. But to really understand the magic of Winnie-the-Pooh, you need to read it. Open the book and you walk into a comfortable, wryly funny and beautiful world. You track Woozles. You attend birthday parties. You sail through the Hundred Acre Wood in an umbrella. My mom read A.A. Milne’s beloved stories […]

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Blade Runner Runs Into Trouble

Blade Runner 2049

Picture a landscape filled with amazing technological advances, but one that feels curiously depressing—something teeming with simulated life, yet strangely lifeless. The Los Angeles megalopolis from Blade Runner 2049? No, I’m talking about the box office from this weekend. Blade Runner 2049 zoomed into theaters with a strong pedigree, lots of ooh-ahh special effects and […]

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Bronies: What’s this Dog and Pony Show All About?

Brony

Some things in life we know with certainty: The sun will come up tomorrow. Fish will swim in the sea. Kevin Sorbo will star in yet another Christian movie. And when the My Little Pony movie comes to theaters this weekend, standing in the ticket (and popcorn) line will be tens of thousands of adult […]

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IT Rises From the Grave

IT kids

Here’s the problem with supernatural, undying beasties. They are, by definition, really difficult to finish off. It’s pretty much a horror-movie cliché: Monsters only look dead until you kill ’em three or four times. Contenders for this weekend’s box-office crown discovered that to their detriment this week, as two-time champ IT—which last week had sunk […]

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Culture Clips: How True Are ‘Based on a True Story’ Movies?

We’ve seen it many times at the outset of a movie: “Based on a True Story.” And if you’re taking a careful look at what’s in multiplexes this week, you might notice that many films being screened right now deliver a version of that statement. Stronger, which opened last week and rolls wider this week, […]

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