How Stan Lee Changed the World

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Stan Lee

As you’ve probably heard by now, Stan Lee died yesterday at the age of 95. Many have eulogized Lee as a “comics legend,” and that’s wholly fair. As a writer, editor, publisher and eventually chairman of Marvel Comics, he created or co-created some of the world’s most famous superheroes and helped redefine the genre itself. […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families This November

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water horse

Elections, family gatherings, brisk winter weather, thankfulness and food. Such are the joys of November. Well OK, politicians, icy roadways and some prickly family members may not always make you joyous, but November has ways to warm your heart nonetheless. And that’s especially true when your blanket is comfy, the cocoa is rich and there’s […]

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Are Disney Princesses Problematic?

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Snow white

I recently had a chance to sit down with Adam Holz and talk about the comments actresses Kristen Bell and Keira Knightley made about Disney princesses. Those actresses have begun to filter what their children see and hear as it relates to these animated characters and the choices they make. Kristin Bell said that she […]

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Halloween Does Its Tricks, Gets Its Treats

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Forget the candy corn. Forget the bite-size chocolate bars. Halloween came a-knocking this weekend, and audiences filled its bag with lots of cold, hard cash. Halloween, a direct sequel to that 40-year-old slasher “classic” once again starring Jamie Lee Curtis, knifed its way to an estimated $77.5 million in North America. That would’ve been an […]

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‘Why Watch a Movie That’s Going to Break My Heart?’ A Conversation With Director Dianne Dreyer

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Change in the Air

Plugged In reviews a lot of movies. My cohorts and I probably write about 200 reviews every year, covering just about every movie you’re likely to see in the local multiplex. And we just scratch the surface. More than 730 movies were released in 2017, most of them under-the-radar indie films or special-interest flicks. We […]

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Sometimes Free Costs Too Much

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eighth grade

I get a lot of emails that make me scratch my head. I’m guessing you can relate. For instance, I regularly get one from a female gynecologist wanting me to interview her. I also get frequent emails from some “cannabis-something-or-other” business excited about their various products infused with THC. (I’m not sure what the official […]

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Did ’80s Movies Reinforce Rape Culture?

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Breakfast Club

Some of us who grew up in the ’80s likely have fond memories of John Hughes’ “classic” teen movies: Sixteen Candles. Breakfast Club. Or maybe we recall how much we loved Back to the Future. Or Ghostbusters. Say Anything. Or Big. Now, all of those movies have some content issues, from a Plugged In perspective. […]

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The Power of Film (Even a Very Short One)

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making a film

Recently, I had the privilege of being invited to be one of ten judges for the “Film Your Faith” video contest, sponsored by Faith Counts. Contestants submitted a two-minute video that somehow dealt with the subject of “faith.” The winner, Kyle Churchwell, who created a film called “Faith is Knowing,” got a healthy $20,000 prize. […]

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