A Conversation with Phoenix Wilder Director Richard Boddington

How often have you heard someone say, “They just don’t make movies like they used to?” Sure, many of today’s films feature nonstop action and mind-boggling special effects. And there’s a place for that. But even popcorn flicks supposedly aimed at families these days often come freighted with unwanted content. Profanity and innuendo can make […]

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You, Your Children and the Forcefield App

Forcefield

The internet is everywhere. It wasn’t always so, believe it or not. I remember the days when the centralized home computer was all you had available when logging your Solitaire and Minesweeper hours. Now all you have to do is reach into your pocket, pull out your mini-computer, and browse the world with your fingertips. […]

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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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Game Goods 2017: Bob Hoose’s Year-End Picks

Top Games year-end picks

We all know that it’s a pretty common thing these days to see families playing video games together. Games can be interactive, fun, and even educational if you find the right ones. Of course, finding the video games that fit your family room is the real challenge. And that equation can have as many variables […]

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The ‘Trespassers Will’ of Childhood

Goodbye Christopher Robin

No offense, Walt Disney. But to really understand the magic of Winnie-the-Pooh, you need to read it. Open the book and you walk into a comfortable, wryly funny and beautiful world. You track Woozles. You attend birthday parties. You sail through the Hundred Acre Wood in an umbrella. My mom read A.A. Milne’s beloved stories […]

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Vodcast: Meet Mully

Mully

How much difference can one person really make? The forthcoming documentary Mully addresses that question with the story of one remarkable man’s life and the transformative influence it has had on the nation of Kenya. Charles Mully certainly didn’t look like a good candidate to impact thousands of lives. Abandoned by his family at the […]

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And You Thought She Just Liked Doing Laundry

laundry

Being a mom is hard work. What with child care, car pools, household chores, food prep, and the gazillion other jobs and duties they’ve got on their plate—not to mention their regular, out-of-the-house jobs that many have besides—how do they have time to relax and unwind? You know, have a little time for themselves? Or […]

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A Look At VidAngel’s New Netflix Filtering Service

VidAngel and Netflix

For some, movie and TV show filtering is the white whale of the family entertainment business—an elusive tool that gives viewers the ability to watch otherwise good movies without the problematic content. VidAngel, a relatively new player in the game of entertainment filtering technology, is trying to buck the trend of fad filtering services that […]

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Pokémon Go’s Influence a Year Later

Pokemon Go

Plugged In’s coverage of video games typically leans in a cautionary direction. (As does, frankly, our coverage of other entertainment media as well.) For years, our weekly Culture Clips feature has documented what social scientists have observed about the influence of video games. Though we’ve commented on both positive and negative impacts of games on […]

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