A Few of My Favorite Things, Part 4

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This time of year we’re offered a lot of “best of” lists: Most important news stories for 2018. Top 10 sports highlights for the year. Best eco-friendly companies for ’18. Even when it’s not an annual compilation, most of us are drawn to these sorts of lists. We love lists. Why, members of the Plugged […]

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Top Television 2018: Paul Asay and Kristin Smith’s Year-End Picks

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Fun fact: About 495 scripted television series were reportedly aired in 2018. If true, that’s a new record—up from the old record of 487 set last year, which in turn was up from the previous record of 455 set the year before. That’s a lot of television. And even for Plugged In’s intrepid television reviewers […]

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Musical Musings 2018: Adam Holz’s Year-End Picks

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Every year, I find a handful of music releases to look forward to. (Imagine Dragons and Mumford & Sons, for instance, were on the list this year, even if I wasn’t able to include those two bands’ most recent, more-positive-than-not releases here.) And then, there are surprises. Sometimes big ones. Last year, for example, I […]

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The Power of Film (Even a Very Short One)

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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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Lots of Winners at the Emmys, But Families Were the Losers

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Did you watch the Emmys? If so you’re one of a select few. Television’s annual awards gala posted a 7.4 rating—which might not mean much to you, but it’s apparently a 10% drop from the previous year and puts the viewership bar at an all-time low. Like, don’t-try-to-limbo-under-that-sucker low. Some will naturally point to the […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2018: And the Winners Are …

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Yes, after long last, it’s time to unveil the winners of Plugged In’s highly respected, uber-prestigious movie awards—both our official selections and the movies that you thought were truly tops. This year’s movie award tourney was particularly interesting for a whole host of reasons, so why dilly-dally any longer? Let us begin. Best Movie for […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie

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PIMA Best Christian Movie

We’ve come to the end of our Plugged In Movie Awards nominations, and by now you know the drill. As I’ve said before, pick your favorite among our nominees or, if you think we whiffed on one, choose your own. Let us know your own favorites down below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter, […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Adults

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PIMA Best Movie for Adults

We’ve come to one of our most prickly categories now, picking through the best films Hollywood offered this year and deciding what’s truly praise-worthy in terms of both its messages and content. These aren’t films that the whole family will necessarily want to sit down and watch. But these films resonated with us. Again, we’d […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Kids

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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?

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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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Culture Clips: A Window Into the World of Teens

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

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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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