Plugged In Vodcast: Risen, The Young Messiah and Exploring Jesus Beyond the Flannelgraph

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What would Jesus do with his free time? The Young Messiah doesn’t ask that question, in particular, but it does explore what Jesus might’ve been like as a child outside of the stories told in the canonized Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It’s made no less controversial by the fact that it’s based on a […]

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What Lady Gaga Got Right—and Wrong—at the Oscars

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Lady Gaga is one of Hollywood’s most enigmatic entertainers. One minute she’s wowing us with a heartfelt salute to legend Julie Andrews, the next she’s shocking us by wearing a meat dress or, in American Horror Story, wearing hardly anything at all. Her latest splash in the Hollywood spotlight came at last week’s Oscars, where […]

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Tap Dancing Around What Jesus Might Do at Sundance

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When I speak to youth groups and churches on the subject of media discernment, I encourage audiences to consider asking themselves this question when making entertainment decisions: If Jesus and His 12 disciples were walking the face of this planet today—not 2,000 years ago—and one of His disciples, let’s say Matthew or Peter, came up […]

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Son-Dance Films

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Between my sophomore and junior years of college, I hit the pause button on my education, rented a Vail condominium with a couple of other guys, bought a season pass and landed a night job at a fancy restaurant in the village near the original gondola. I love to ski, and I’ve always wanted to […]

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2016 Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie

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All this week we’re unveiling our picks for our Plugged In Movie Awards, wherein we select the movies we feel best nourish both the mind and soul. (But make sure to read our full reviews before deciding whether you or your family should see any of these!) Our four categories are Kids, Teens, Adults and […]

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas is a Plugged In sort of holiday. Not only is it a pretty special and sacred time for Christians, but it’s completely awash in its very own entertainment. Most of us have our favorite Christmas movies, Christmas television specials, Christmas albums, Christmas carols. I’m not aware of very many Christmas-themed video games yet, but give ’em time. Moreover, […]

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The 33: Rescued Both Physically and Spiritually in the Mine

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Most of us can vividly recall being glued to our television sets on Oct. 13, 2010. It was on that day that 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days were miraculously hoisted to safety, one at a time, encapsulated in what looked like a gigantic, steel bullet. The movie, […]

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Journey of a Pop Culture Prodigal

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If you’re here, you’re probably somewhat familiar with pop culture. Odds are good that you’ve also heard the story of the Prodigal Son. You may have even wondered what that story might look like if revamped by pop culture. Jeff Bridges would be the Father, of course, and Chris Hemsworth would do quite nicely as the […]

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Are Christian Films the New Roman Road? Woodlawn’s Jon Erwin Thinks So.

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The Plugged In team has literally screened thousands of movies—and sometimes a moviemaker brings a film right to our very own campus. But when filmmaker Jon Erwin (October Baby, Mom’s Night Out) came to Focus on the Family back in July to screen his new film, Woodlawn, he made the decision to not show it—even […]

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‘This Christianity Thing Could Catch On’

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“So it’s not just Kirk Cameron and Stephen Baldwin and the kid from Two and a Half Men.” With A-list stars backing Jesus, who knows? This Christianity thing could catch on.” Those two sentences ended an article that ran in the New York Post back in June. Film critic Kyle Smith had just finished highlighting […]

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Captive: When Being Taken Hostage Changes Your Life Spiritually

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In 2005, Brian Nichols escaped from an Atlanta courthouse, broke into Ashley Smith’s apartment and took the woman hostage. He had nothing left to lose. But thanks to Smith and a copy of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life, he actually had everything to gain. And so, as it turned out, did Smith. The story—the […]

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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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War Room: Fighting for the Time To Pray

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War Room: Fighting for the Time to Pray

War Room surprised everyone when it muscled its way toward the top of the box office standings. Not very many people thought a movie about prayer had a, well, prayer of achieving something like that—let alone doing so while showing on significantly fewer screens than its competition. More important than that, though, is what War Room […]

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