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.

The Importance of Pops in Pixar

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Incredibles 2 is officially out now, and just in time for Father’s Day. Great timing, really. Like a lot of Pixar movies, this one has a whole lot to say about fatherhood. Indeed, I think it’s film’s emotional core. It’s a bit ironic, given that the Incredibles 2 storyline focuses on Mama Incredible, aka Helen […]

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Ocean’s 8 Pilfers the Prize

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Just ask the Golden State Warriors: Sometimes it’s better to have a really strong team behind you than trying to win a title … solo. Ocean’s 8, an ensemble actioner that includes three Oscar winners (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway), toppled Solo: A Star Wars Story for the weekend’s box-office championship. Ocean’s 8, which […]

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Culture Clips: Yeah, Being a Couch Potato is Bad For You

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We’ve always known, deep down, that sittin’ on the couch to do nothin’ but watch TV probably isn’t the best way to spend one’s day. Or month. Or year. But now, thanks to Scientific American, we have some indication of how bad the sin of sloth can be for us. It’s not just that couch […]

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Anything Coming Out on Streaming Services This June Worth Watching? Well …

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Summer’s technically a couple weeks away yet, but for most of us, we’re emotionally already there. School’s either out or kids are counting the days ’til it is. Parents are prepping for picnics, vacations, trips to the beach and hikes in the mountains. It’s a great time to reconnect as a family. And sometimes, families […]

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Culture Clips: The Let’s-Think-About-What-We-Say-Before-Saying-It edition

Roseanne

This is why we can’t have nice things. Let’s start with Roseanne Barr, whose 2018 career trajectory looks a little like the flight of a model rocket with a faulty parachute. First came the ABC revival of her beloved sitcom, Roseanne. It came out of the gate like an angry buffalo, galloping to some seriously […]

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Culture Clips: Show Dogs Comes to Heel

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For a movie that’s made all of $7 million, Show Dogs has certainly sparked its fair share of controversy, including (obviously, if you’ve been following the blog lately) here in Plugged In land. I imagine more stories have been written about the flick than people have actually seen it. Well, the makers of the talking […]

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Deadpool Burbles To Victory

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A cornucopia of superheroes gathered at the local multiplex this weekend, squaring off in some sort of weird, meta, battle royale-like clash. In one corner, the A-list do-gooders from the Avengers, the three-time defending box-office champs. In the other, the R-rated upstart Deadpool and his own (admittedly derivative) X-Force team. But even before the contest […]

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13 Reasons Provides a Teachable Moment (for Netflix)

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When Netflix unveiled the first season of 13 Reasons Why last spring, the streaming service knew the show would be buzzy. It might not have understood the show’s sting. Based on the book by Jay Asher and produced in part by singer/actress Selena Gomez, the show’s first season revolved around the suicide of a young […]

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Infinity War Spends Infinity at No. 1

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I’m beginning to wonder whether Disney somehow snagged an Infinity Stone—perhaps Doctor Strange’s Time Stone. After all, Avengers: Infinity War seems to be repeating history every week: another weekend, another record or two, another win. The weekend’s two major newcomers couldn’t come close to topping Disney/Marvel’s purple-tinged titan. It earned an estimated $61.8 million, pushing […]

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Put Down That Remote! Binge-Watching Can Be Bad for You

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On May 18, Netflix will roll out the second season of one of its buzziest, most controversial and, let’s face it, most bingeable shows: 13 Reasons Why. We wrote quite a bit about the show’s first season, beginning with our review and spiraling out from there. (Our parents’ guide to the series will be updated […]

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‘I Don’t Think I Could Do a Film That’s Against My Worldview.’ An Interview With ‘Wraith’ Director Michael Sajbel

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As Avengers: Infinity War continues to dominate theaters and wide-release flicks scramble for the scraps, another film made its way direct to video today—a movie unlike any I’ve seen. In some ways, Wraith is a traditional haunted-house ghost story, filled with creepy attics and hidden stairways and something that goes bump in the night. But […]

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