Star Wars: The Memories Awaken

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In late May of 1977, my mom and I clambered into the cavernous back seat of our neighbors’ Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon and headed downtown to see Star Wars at the palatial River Hills theater in Des Moines, Iowa. The opening scene is forever seared into my memory, and to this day I don’t think […]

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Ant-Man: A Tiny Lesson From a Tiny Superhero

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So, the new trailer for Marvel’s newest superhero movie, Ant-Man, has just arrived on YouTube. And with 4 million views and climbing fast at the time of this post, the response has been … well, big. After watching another Marvel superhero, Daredevil, take a dark turn over on Netflix this week, it’s nice to see Ant-Man take […]

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Pitcher Fires Fastball at Twitter Trolls: 3 Lessons for the Rest of Us

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As painful as it has always been for its victims, bullying used to be something that could be escaped by reaching the front door of your home. Now, as much as parents try to prevent it, that boundary no longer exists. Social media doesn’t have to be scary. It doesn’t have to strike fear into the […]

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Chappie, Meet Ultron

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Later on today, we’ll be publishing our review of Chappie, the latest sci-fi thinkpiece from Neill Blomkamp (Elysium and District 9). I’ll be interested to see what our reviewer Bob Hoose has to say about the flick, but the trailers suggest that Chappie’s a violent, R-rated version of Pinocchio—about a manmade creation who becomes a […]

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Whale, Whale, What Do We Have Here?

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OK, you may have already seen this since it’s casually blowing up the Internet faster than Kim Kardashian when she’s trying really hard. But I thought I’d bring it to your attention just in case. Photographer Eric Smith snapped a pic of the picture above when he was out and about in the Redondo Beach, […]

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Far More Than Fifty Shades of Comments

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On Thursday I published a blog titled “We’re Reviewing Fifty Shades of Grey. Here’s Why.” The response was … interesting. First, a shout-out to all those who let me know that they were praying for me and offered encouragement (even if you disagreed with our decision to cover the film). Much appreciated. It was a […]

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Kim K.’s Unlikely Invitation to an Important Conversation

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I spend a lot of time in my job on the Internet, observing what’s happening in the news and popular culture. Here at Plugged In, we pay especially close attention to how entertainment is influencing our society in general and young people in particular. Sometimes that means we have to engage—or are at least be […]

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