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.

Movie Monday: The Roommate

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Is it time for Hollywood to begin biting their collective, metaphorical nails? D-grade horror film The Roommate snagged box office honors this week with $15.6 million, but the real scare might come from the weekend’s cumulative bottom line. Revenue was down 25% compared to the same time last year—a familiar refrain thus far in 2011. […]

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Movie Monday: The Rite

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The faith-inflected frightfest The Rite scared up $15 million to claim No. 1 at the box office this weekend. It proved Anthony Hopkins, at the age of 73, can still be a pretty scary guy. In a way, from Plugged In’s perspective, The Rite wasn’t nearly as frightening as second place No Strings Attached—the sexually […]

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Oscar: The Movie World’s Kingmaker

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Oscar, America’s favorite naked golden statuette, bestowed its shiny favor on a handful of films this morning, honoring the fighter in all of them, their true grit. From their inception and through the more than 127 hours of their making, they’ve inspired us, enthralled us and occasionally even depressed us. They’ve toyed with us, told […]

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We Could Be Heroes

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I recently wrote a review of NBC’s new show The Cape (a kinda dumb but kinda fun superhero show) and noted our hero fell in cahoots with a band of odd-but-likeable bank robbers. I said that while the show features a man trying to “do the right thing—the heroic thing—within the bounds of his imperfect […]

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Movie Monday: Season of the Grit

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Forget the new releases: Cinemagoers this weekend favored an old movie based on an older movie set in the old, old West. The Coen Brothers’ True Grit triumphed at the box office after playing second fiddle the last two weekends to Little Fockers. Grit rustled up $15 million, according to boxofficemojo.com, compared to Little’s $13.8 […]

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Speaking About the Unspeakable

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On Dec. 28, MTV aired a special spin-off of its popular 16 and Pregnant program. Titled No Easy Decision, it focuses on a 19-year-old girl—pregnant for the second time—as she decides to have, and goes through with, an abortion. The girl, Markai Durham, had been featured on 16 and Pregnant in the past, opting then […]

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Miley. Sigh.

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I don’t want to write this post. How many times must we talk about Miley Cyrus’ latest indiscretion? When does this tripe stop qualifying as “news” and slips to a gossip site afterthought? I’m tired of this story. I don’t want to talk about the latest batch of photos taken of Cyrus—one of which shows […]

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Movie Monday: Little Fockers

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Personally, I don’t see Little Fockers as an ideal way to celebrate Christmas, but loads of people apparently disagreed. The Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro-fronted comedy took the weekend’s box office title, collecting an estimated $34 million en route. True Grit, the Coen Brothers’ new take on John Wayne’s classic Western, rode in at No. 2 […]

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Texting Santa

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Back when I was a kid, I’d write a letter to Santa nearly every year. I didn’t bother with sending it like most kids did. I’d just leave the note by his milk and cookies, figuring he probably had some spare loot under the sleigh seats. And I still remember the year Santa answered back, […]

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Movie Monday: TRON’s Legacy

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There are lots of folks who’d say there really is no such thing as an original story, and that all of our books and movies essentially rework tales we’ve been telling around the campfire since obsidian was considered cutting-edge technology. But still, it’s interesting that the week’s top three films all drew inspiration from work […]

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