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.

Can a TV Show Kill? It’s a Complicated Question.

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Underneath the reviews, the blog posts, the vodcasts and Twitter missives, Plugged In is built on one basic premise: Media matters. The entertainment we consume—the stories we watch and read and listen to and play—impact us deeply, and on levels we might not fully realize. Obviously, the relationship between entertainment and its real-world impact is […]

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Forget About Saving the World. The MCU is All About Family

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We could unpack a lot of stuff with Avengers: Endgame, Marvel’s three-hour finale to its 11-year, 22-movie odyssey (so far). And hopefully we’ll have opportunity to do just that sometime soon—when most of you have seen it and spoilers aren’t quite as big of an issue. But one thing that I can say about Endgame […]

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Monsters, Motherhood and The Curse of La Llorona

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Horror movies aren’t for everyone. Some aren’t for anyone. But while fright flicks are often freighted with lots of really, really problematic content, some also contain interesting themes, too. Unlike most genres, they have license to deal explicitly with some of the biggest spiritual issues we face: What is evil? What lies in the hereafter? […]

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A Culture Clips Blog of Fire and Ice

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In the days before the Internet, before television, before most people even knew how to read, there was the church. And Notre Dame, literally and artistically, towered above many. In his book The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo wrote that the cathedral was a “vast symphony in stone.” But it was more than that. […]

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Shazam! Is Still Sizzling

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Four wide-release films landed in theaters this week, each one of them perhaps hoping to overthrow DC’s mighty superhero flick Shazam!. But here’s the thing: Superheroes are used to fighting multiple adversaries at a time. For the second-straight weekend, DC’s lightning-bolt-branded hero electrified the box office and charged to victory, snapping up an estimated $25.1 […]

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Culture Clips: Want Tickets to Avengers: Endgame? Just Sell Your Car

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How much would you pay to see a movie? Ten bucks? Fifteen? Wait for it to hit Redbox and $1.75? How ‘bout $10,000? That’s how much opening-weekend tickets for Avengers: Endgame are going for on eBay in some places, according to Fandango.com. And while that might seem a bit overpriced, get this: Someone spent $15,000 […]

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Shazam! Shoots to No. 1

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Shazam! Wow! Yes, it’s true: The World’s Mightiest Mortal now fronts the world’s mightiest movie. Shazam!, DC’s latest superhero flick, cleaned up at the box office this weekend, earning about $53.4 million in North America. It’s now polishing its No. 1 trophy that, I’m sure, the box office gives out to all its winners. It […]

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Forget Ghosts and Goblins and Things that Go Bump in the Night. What’s Really Scary? Technology.

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E-mail inboxes are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes it’s recipes from your grandma. Sometimes it’s ads from furniture outlets begging you to buy a coffee table. Sometimes it’s notifications from Nigerian princes, telling you you’re wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. And every once in a while, you […]

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Culture Clips: As the Jussie Smollett Case Turns

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We live in a strange, confusing and unpredictable world. Need proof? Look no farther than the Jussie Smollett saga. First, we heard that the actor, who’s both black and gay, was attacked by two folks with some apparent racist, homophobic leanings. (Oddly, both attackers were black, too.) Then we were told that Smollett actually knew […]

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‘We Are Not Guaranteed Anything.’ A Talk With the Creators of the Poignant Doc The Long Goodbye

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Paul tells us in Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” But that promise can also make the pain and grief we feel so much harder, in some ways, and so much more confusing. I had this thought […]

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Box Office Gives Plenty of Money to ‘Us’

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Jordan Peele’s newest horror film, Us, could be read as a parable about society’s haves and have-nots. But as for the movie itself … well, it’s unquestionably one of the haves. Appropriately enough, Us killed it at the box office this weekend, with the dollars it earned seemingly multiplying like rabbits. Peele’s smart, bloody slasher […]

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