Thirty-Four Years on Screens?!

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If you’ve ever worried whether or not you spend too much time looking at screens, consider this: A new study commissioned by Vision Direct reports that “the typical person will spend a staggering 34 years looking at phones, computers or televisions.” Staggering actually seems like the correct word to use here, especially when I consider […]

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When Are the Movies Coming Back?

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It sounds like a pretty simple question: When are the movies coming back? But in our coronavirus-altered age, even simple questions have complicated answers. And the answer is this: No one is 100% sure. That’s because the return of movies depends on multiple, overlapping factors—all of which dynamically influence each other. First, of course, individual […]

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Movie Theaters Head Back to the Future … Literally

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So what happens if your theater is ready to reopen … before there are any new movies to screen there? It’s a strange predicament for a strange time, but one that some theaters are facing by going back to the future. As in, screening yesteryear’s beloved blockbusters at a reduced ticket cost. Hollywood studios without […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families for May 2020

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It’s May 2020. And what a big, fat, hairy month it is. In fact, now that we’re in what seems like the third year of isolated coronavirus lockdown, big, fat and hairy are all very literal descriptors. So it’s only fitting that we give you a good-sized collection of less-than-hairy streaming family fare. Let’s get […]

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Culture Clips: Is Universal Trolling Theater Chains?

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A couple of weeks ago—or, in quarantine time, several eons ago—we reported on the initial success of Trolls World Tour as it rolled out on video (instead of the theatrical blitz Universal Pictures originally intended). Turns out, the early returns were no mirage. Universal reported yesterday that in the space of three weeks, World Tour […]

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Culture Clips: When Theaters Reopen …

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Someday we will publish an issue of Culture Clips that doesn’t contain the words coronavirus or COVID-19. Alas, not today. Today, it’s hard to find an entertainment, technology or teen-oriented story out there in the vast reaches of the internet that doesn’t have something to do with this virus. Still, talk of beginning to reopen […]

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Director of ‘Jump Shot’ Talks About the Most Interesting Man You’ve Never Heard Of

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Who invented basketball’s jump shot? Ten years ago, director and cinematographer Jacob Hamilton would’ve answered the question like most of us might: No one. “I thought it had always existed,” he says. And then he heard about Kenny Sailors. For the last nine years, Hamilton’s worked on bringing Sailors’ remarkable story to light—a story that […]

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So How’d Trolls World Tour Do?

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Each Monday for a long time now, Plugged In has dutifully reported on the weekend box office. Then that dreaded C-thing showed up. Coronavirus shuttered businesses everywhere—including, obviously, theaters. And that meant our weekly Movie Monday report has gone into mothballs temporarily as well. Movie studios are still very much in the process of trying […]

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How my life as a TV and movie critic has changed as a result of coronavirus

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Because of the coronavirus, all of our lives look different these days. We’ve all been forced to make plenty of changes. But some of us have had to make fewer changes than others. In my pre- (and hopefully post-) COVID-19 days at Plugged In, a typical workday for me included grudgingly waking up (what can […]

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Why Is Plugged In Reviewing a Movie from 79 Years Ago?

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“In a world where everything has changed, Plugged In is making changes too.” OK. I’ve always wanted to start a blog with that deep-voiced movie-narrator guy saying, “In a world … “ So thanks for indulging me. But the fact is, lots has changed since the arrival of the coronavirus a month or so ago. […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families for April 2020

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April 2020 is here. And what an April it’s shaping up to be. Because of all the Covid-19 dangers, our minds are set on keeping a six-foot personal-space boundary and staying keenly aware of new shipments of toilet paper at the local store. Of course, more than any other recent April we’re also happy to […]

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Coronavirus Sickens Entertainment Industry, Too

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The coronavirus has hit the entire world pretty hard> And one corner of societythat’s been deeply impacted is the entertainment industry. Even as the public seems to be seeking out more entertainment options, the folks who create them are suffering mightily. We obviously haven’t been doing our usual Monday box-office wrap-up in this space for […]

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10 Great Christian Movies Streaming Right Now

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We’re in the holiest time of the year. Many Christians are observing Lent. Good Friday is just a couple of weeks away. And with coronavirus restrictions in full swing, many of us are facing the prospect of an Easter season that looks very, very different than what we’re used to. But just because we’re stuck […]

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