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.

Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Kids

PIMA Kids

For the last several weeks, Hollywood has been handing itself a bevy of awards, with the biggest honors—the Oscars—just around the corner. Alas, the movies that the entertainment industry chooses to honor may be strong in craft but weak in conviction, high in aesthetics but low in ethics. But while we at Plugged In sometimes […]

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Culture Clips: Who Needs an Oscar, Anyway?

As I mentioned already, the Academy announced its Oscar nominations yesterday, and I offered a bit of a sad headshake as to how comparatively un-family friendly this year’s batch of nominees are. But I wasn’t the only one a tad disappointed in the nominations this year. Just as soon as it saw the list, our […]

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12 Strong Can’t Outmuscle Jumanji

Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji

The juggernaut that is Jumanji just keeps chugging along. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle—a movie predicated on a magical board game—continues to claim a monopoly on the box office’s numero uno slot, earning an estimated $20 million payday. Does Jumanji feel sorry for its success? Not one little bit. While making a movie is always […]

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Culture Clips: The Holy Throwers Edition

Case Keenum

Anyone who watched the Minnesota Vikings pull off a near-miraculous win against the New Orleans Saints last weekend probably saw Case Keenum—a one-time backup quarterback was thrust into the starting lineup due to injury and who’s having a career year—literally jump for joy. But if fans turned off the telly before the postgame interviews, they […]

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Culture Clips: A Window Into the World of Teens

teen

It’s not easy being a teen. Never has been, never will be. How are today’s adolescents navigating that vast pubescent wasteland? Both teens and the scientists who observe ’em like lab rats have offered some thoughts on that over the last several days. First, some good news: High schoolers aren’t having sex as much as […]

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Finding Truth at the Golden Globes

Oprah Winfrey at 2018 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes this year offered a lot of what awards shows typically offer: lots of awards, lots of star power, lots of sometimes awkward acceptance speeches. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri escaped the awards show with four Globes. HBO’s miniseries Big Little Lies scampered away with three. But this year, hardly anyone was talking […]

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Culture Clips: A Good Year for the Bad Guys

Frank Griffin from Godless

We’re three whole days into 2018 now, but it’s still wholly appropriate to look back at the year that was. Researchers have weighed the data to determine the year’s most popular books, movies and videos. Pundits have opined on the year’s biggest entertainment stories. But one thing’s clear, at least to the Los Angeles Times’ […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2017 Edition)

Movers and shakers

The outgoing year is often depicted as an old, tired man with a beard down to his knees. But this year, that depiction felt all too true. With all the natural disasters and political unrest and international crises afoot, 2017 probably made us all feel older than we should. Back in the day, many folks […]

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Star Wars Takes Two

last jedi again

During a busy holiday weekend, the Force once again reigned supreme. Star Wars: The Last Jedi pocketed an estimated $100.7 million over the four-day weekend (including Christmas Day). (It made $68.5 million in the traditional three-day, Friday-through-Sunday run.) Sure, it’s a hefty drop from last weekend’s superlative figures, but still: $100 million its second week […]

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Vodcast: How The Last Jedi Is a Religious Movie

Vodcast last Jedi

Star Wars has long been a cultural powerhouse, but the saga itself is powered by a strange, supernatural element that undergirds its universe: the Force. The Force, in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s words, “surrounds us and penetrates us” and “binds the galaxy together.” It’s been a central tenant of every Star Wars movie, and the very concept […]

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