Plugged In Author: Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

Culture Clips: The Black Hole

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Last week, Culture Clips noted that Epic Games was being sued because its wildly popular online game, Fortnite, was allegedly as addictive as cocaine. You’d think that Epic might have a vested interest in saying, “Nah, you’re overreacting.” Instead, the game maker seemed to set out to prove just how right that little ol’ lawsuit […]

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Joker Makes Another Killing (at the Box Office)

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Throughout his long history, the Joker has never been particularly fond of a certain Dynamic Duo. But the Ace of Knaves could get used to this sort of doublet. Warner Bros.’ Joker did a classic double take this weekend—absconding with a second-straight box-office victory and raking in an estimated $55 million stateside. That pushes its […]

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We’re Always Connected, Thanks to Social Media. Why Do We Feel So Alone?

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Netflix’s The Politician isn’t a show I’d recommend. But it does offer some interesting thoughts on what it means to grow up in the social media age. At one point, main character Payton frets that he doesn’t have the ability to feel, in the same way that everyone else does. His mother says it’s only […]

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Despite Controversy, Joker Has Last Laugh

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Lots of folks were worried about Joker. Some theaters hired extra security. Others banned patrons from wearing costumes. And some wondered whether the movie, given its graphic depictions of violence in the context of social rage, should’ve been made at all. No matter: Warner Bros.’ gritty origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime laughed […]

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America Re-Reads Chapter Two

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Moviegoers just can’t get enough scares in September. IT: Chapter Two earned its second-straight box-office victory, devouring an estimated $40.7 million in North America en route to the win. That pushes its total domestic cume to about $153.8 million. Add in its overseas cash, and Chapter Two has collected $323.3 million worldwide. Clearly, this pic […]

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“You Have to Be Proactive.” An Interview With VeggieTales Creator Phil Vischer

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Thanks to Phil Vischer, kids love their veggies. Not necessarily the vegetables that land on the dinner plate (because, let’s face it, beets are disgusting). But in 1993, he and Mike Nawrocki introduced them to Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and a bunch of other characters typically found in the produce aisle. Their direct-to-video […]

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Culture Clips: Behind Bars, But Newly Freed

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The Bible says the truth will set you free. But sometimes it’ll land you in jail, too. Languishing in jail in advance of his trial for (among other things) robbery and murder, Danny Dashay Holmes ran across the lyrics of Big Daddy Weave’s song “Redeemed.” Those lyrics inspired the guy to walk into court and […]

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Angel Hasn’t Fallen Yet

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In a decidedly sleepy weekend at the box office, the Gerard Butler actioner Angel Has Fallen flapped over a legion of holdovers to claim its second-straight weekend crown. Just as we said last weekend, its totals weren’t particularly jaw-dropping. Angel earned an estimated $14.8 million domestically during the holiday weekend (including Labor Day). Thwack off […]

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Culture Clips: Farewell, My Captain. (Oh, and the Football Player’s Gone, Too.)

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The football world was a wee bit shocked when Andrew Luck, oft-injured quarterback for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, announced last week that he was hanging up his cleats. Everyone had lots of thoughts about it (including Focus on the Family’s own Jim Daly). Fox Sports’ Doug Gottlieb nearly united Twitter in anger when he insinuated […]

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Culture Clips: The Play Nice Edition

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Pink’s tired of all the negativity on the internet. Lashing back at online natterers who don’t like how she and husband Carey Hart are parenting their children, the pop star issued a “worldwide internet challenge” that implored people to be nicer in cyberspace. “Go ONE day without criticizing someone online,” she wrote. She added, “And […]

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