Vodcast: Is the New Ben-Hur Better Than the Old Ones?

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Judah Ben-Hur just gets better and better with age. And, depending on who you ask, the same is true of his movies. The latest retelling of Lew Wallace’s epic 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, limped through the box office during its opening weekend—perhaps not altogether unlike some of the horses in the […]

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Talk Faith, Film and Ben-Hur

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The story of Judah Ben-Hur has been one of the culture’s most popular, most powerful stories for more than a century now, and Jesus has always been at the center of it. Earlier this summer, I wrote a blog about the 1880 book Ben-Hur: The Tale of the Christ, discussing the faith journey of author […]

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Vodcast: The Little Prince and the Beautiful Mess of Story

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Stories are so misunderstood. As much as we all enjoy them, we often fail to recognize—or just flat out misunderstand—their importance and power, both for ill and for good. Which is why it’s nice when a story comes along that reminds us of the beauty that a good story can unveil and the ways they can […]

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Hollywood Likes Morality: Its Own

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Last week, Plugged In Director Bob Waliszewski asked us whether Hollywood should do a better job of making good—as in ethically good—movies. Whether it should focus on creating products that “encourage, inspire and uplift us,” he says, and even sometimes tackle critical issues. He writes: For instance, I can only imagine what could happen if […]

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of Three Movies, a Book and a Surprising Conversion

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The nearly four-hour epic Ben-Hur, released in 1959, won an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Charlton Heston. The American Film Institute lists it at No. 72 on their list of “America’s 100 Greatest Movies.” If it’s that good, then why will Mark Burnett and Roma Downey release a new […]

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Vodcast: What Does the Bible Have to Say About Captain America: Civil War?

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Captain America: Civil War is rolling in much more than cash these days. It’s also rolling in controversy. Not because of any external conflict, but because of the central conflict within the film itself. You see, people just can’t decide—even after seeing the flick—whether they should be Team Cap or Team Iron Man. As much as […]

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Vodcast, Episode II: How Young is Too Young for Star Wars?

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How Young Is Too Young for Star Wars? - The Force Awakens

If you haven’t noticed, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is all set to, ahem, awaken the box office. In fact, thanks to Paul, you can already read our (spoiler free!) review here. The resurgence of Star Wars fever in culture thanks to this latest installment in the franchise brings up a lot of great questions. Great […]

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What Spy Movies (and Grandma) Say About Media Discernment

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not the headiest of movies, but it still got us thinking. In this, the second episode of the Plugged In Vodcast, Paul explains why spy movies always make him think of his grandma and how a particular conversation with her got him thinking about the ways we make exceptions […]

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