‘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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What Does the Bible Say About Entertainment?

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The Plugged In team has spent quite a lot of time lately strategizing what Plugged In will look like in the next five to 10 years. We’ve pounded out our mission and vision statements (again). We’ve bantered about the outreaches we currently have, and how they might be even more effective, now and in the […]

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

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emmys

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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‘Hey, Do You Guys Review Netflix Movies?’

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Yes. That’s the short answer to the question in the title—and a question we’ve been hearing from our readers more and more frequently, I might add. The long answer is slightly, um, longer. Netflix, of course, continues to challenge both the TV- and movie-distribution paradigms. The streaming service, along with others such as Amazon and […]

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Closing the Book on a Blockbuster Summer

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Blockbuster summer

Sticklers will tell you that the season’s not quite done yet, but we know we’ve closed the book on summer. Certainly the movie industry, which typically begins its summer season in May, has moved on. It’s now in the process of tossing out all of its cinematic afterthoughts, hoping that one or two might strike […]

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Speaking of Speaking …

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In my 2011 book, Plugged-In Parenting, I included a chapter titled, “Ten Things You Can Do to End Fights Over Family Entertainment.” One of those suggestions was to get your pastors involved. Here’s what I said: When your kids hear other people—pastors, parents, teachers—echoing your advice on media, they may be more willing to listen. […]

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Vodcast: Leveraging Childhood Stuff to Tell Adult Stories

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happytime murders

No Sesame. All Street. If you grew up watching Sesame Street, you may be a bit shocked with the new “puppetry” movie, The Happytime Murders. By taking a bunch of puppets who look a lot like those beloved childhood Sesame Street Muppets and making them very adult—this movie aims to shock. But we’ve seen this […]

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Why the Eagles Passing Michael Jackson Is Worth a Blog

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For pretty much my entire adult life, it’s been common knowledge that Michael Jackson’s seminal 1982 album Thriller was the best-selling record (remember those?) of all time. Well, now it’s not. According to new sales and streaming tallies by the Recording Industry Association of America, Thriller’s been dethroned by the Eagles. That band’s 1976 album, […]

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Hey, Where Did the Plugs Go?

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If you’ve checked out any of Plugged In’s movie reviews today, you probably noticed that something’s changed: Our family-friendly movie rating, represented by those familiar green “plugs,” is no longer at the top of our reviews. So what happened to it? The fact is, our team has been debating the possibility of removing the rating […]

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Presenting Plugged In’s Family Movie Nights Discussion Guide

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discussion guide

My kids got out of school yesterday. They’re thrilled! Mom and Dad? We’re, um … thrilled? Summer is obviously a fantastic season for families to spend more time together. But sometimes, if we’re honest as parents, we can run low on activity ideas. So we have one for you: Our Summer 2018 Family Movie Nights […]

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Show Dogs Controversy Hits the Mainstream

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Controversy surrounding the kids’ movie Show Dogs ratcheted up another notch today. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has issued a statement on scenes involving a talking dog having its genitals touched during a dog show, scenes that they’re concerned may promote sexual abuse of children. The NCOSE’s statement reads: “The movie Show Dogs sends […]

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Spotify vs R. Kelly

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R. Kelly

So Spotify just did a thing. According to their new public hate content and hateful conduct policy, they’ve chosen to take R. Kelly’s music off of their streaming playlists. His music will still be available on Spotify, but will no longer be promoted. After nearly 20 years of allegations that the artist has had sexual […]

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