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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Culture Clips: What Was Up With Beyoncé’s Grammy Outfit?

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We’re in the heart of the awards season, where honorary hardware coats the entertainment ground like autumn leaves, and you can’t walk five paces without tripping on a golden statuette. Why, we’re even giving out a few of our own come Friday, and rumor has it that there’s another little awards shindig on Sunday. But […]

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Are Teens Replacing One Drug With Another?

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News that today’s teens are drinking and taking drugs less than ever can’t be anything but good news, right? Yes, obviously the drop in teen substance abuse, as reported by the University of Michigan’s latest Monitoring the Future study,  is a very good thing. But the question remains, why? Are today’s adolescents more risk-averse? Are […]

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Easy Instagram Perfection … Not

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Your Instagram account got you down? You know, the fact that it feels like all your pals have such casually picture-perfect lives while your impromptu shots always make you look like a disheveled version of near-death on a cracker? Well, here’s a little vid that suggests that “picture-perfect” isn’t quite as casual as it looks, […]

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Culture Clips: Love Circa 2017

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Well, it’s February 14—Valentine’s Day. And that can only mean one thing: Yup, it’s time to check in with the researchers at Barna to get a statistical snapshot of what romance looks like circa 2017. Barna’s researchers found that the percentage of 25- to 39-year-olds who are single jumped about 10% since 2000. Cohabitation is […]

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Hilarious Video Shows How Social Media Can Ruin Your Best Moments

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John Crist, "The Perfect Instagram Proposal"

Contrary to how it feels at times, social media is not the worst thing ever. It won’t steal your lunch (most days). It doesn’t wear your favorite outfit (except on occasion). It can’t steal your soul (…we’re pretty sure). But that doesn’t mean all is gravy. Because it still might ruin your cute engagement story. As […]

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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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