Television Tops 2015: Paul Asay’s Year-End Picks

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They say we’re spoiled by our television riches. Shows have never been so rich in character, so deep in theme. Alas, the last several years have given us a new depth in abysmal content, too. The Walking Dead is getting ever gorier. Jessica Jones has taken superheroes in a new, tawdrier direction. And trust me, […]

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What Makes a Movie a Success?

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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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How a Movie Birthed an Art Form (And Tarnished a Nation)

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A century ago this week, New Yorkers began lining up to watch The Birth of a Nation. Though the country was still more than a decade removed from the first talking picture, this black-and-white silent epic was apparently like Gone With the Wind, Star Wars and Avatar all rolled into one. Some theaters charged patrons […]

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2015 Plugged In Movie Awards: Winners

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Announcing the winners of the third annual PLUGGED IN MOVIE AWARDS! BEST MOVIE FOR KIDS Nominees: Big Hero 6, Dolphin Tale 2, The LEGO Movie, Muppets Most Wanted, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Plugged In’s Pick: The LEGO Movie This was a tough choice for us. All the movies here are solidly […]

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2015 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie

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All this week we’re announcing the nominees for the Plugged In Movie Awards in the categories of Best Movie for Kids, Best Movie for Teens, Best Movie for Adults and Best Christian Movie. These films represent what we consider to be the best of what got released in 2014, and not just artistically speaking, but […]

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2015 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Adults

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All this week we’re announcing the nominees for the Plugged In Movie Awards in the categories of Best Movie for Kids, Best Movie for Teens, Best Movie for Adults and Best Christian Movie. These films represent what we consider to be the best of what got released in 2014, and not just artistically speaking, but morally and content-wise, too. Our […]

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2015 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Teens

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All this week we’re announcing the nominees for the Plugged In Movie Awards in the categories of Best Movie for Kids, Best Movie for Teens, Best Movie for Adults and Best Christian Movie. These films represent what we consider to be the best of what got released in 2014, and not just artistically speaking, but morally and content-wise, too. Our […]

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2015 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Kids

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All this week we’re announcing the nominees for the Plugged In Movie Awards in the categories of Best Movie for Kids, Best Movie for Teens, Best Movie for Adults and Best Christian Movie. These films represent what we consider to be the best of what got released in 2014, and not just artistically speaking, but morally and content-wise, too. Our […]

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Television Tops 2014: Paul Asay’s Year-End Picks

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My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic

Television just keeps getting better and better. It also gets worse and worse. It’s the frustrating paradox of reviewing television. While TV-based stories have gotten more nuanced and complex, they’ve also become more needlessly foul and salacious—and sometimes it seems like Emmy awards often go hand in hand with withering content. Which leaves discerning viewers […]

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Game Goods 2014: Bob Hoose’s Year-End Picks

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Right out of the clamshell box let me say that 2014 was a pretty decent year for video games. Those little digital bundles of button-mashing entertainment continued to push the boundaries of story and adventure. Thanks to the powered-up latest-gen consoles that were released at the end of 2013, some pretty impressive titles showed up […]

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