Unplanned Sparks Controversy and Conversation

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It’s often said that all publicity is good publicity. Unplanned seems to be proving that axiom this week. Controversy began to swirl before the film was even released. This dramatization of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson’s decision to leave her clinic received an R rating, prompting many to wonder if the film had been […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Unplanned’s Ashley Bratcher

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The new movie Unplanned hits theaters this weekend. This riveting, sobering drama tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who eventually had a change of heart regarding abortion. In the film, Abby is portrayed by actress Ashley Bratcher. This week, we had a chance talk to Ashley and […]

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Culture Clips: Happy Birthday, World Wide Web! Time To Grow Up!

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happy birthday, internet

Yes, it’s time to trot out the cake, light the candles and sing happy birthday to something we all know and, sometimes, love. That’s right, the World Wide Web turns 30 this month! But its father, while proud of his techno-progeny, thinks his creation has a little growing up to do. Tim Berners-Lee, who proposed […]

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Captain Marvel Caps Marvelous Weekend

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So, I understand some folks were calling for a boycott of Captain Marvel, largely due to star Brie Larson’s criticism of white, male movie critics. Don’t think it worked. Captain Marvel, the 21st film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, obliterated its competition as if the movie was equipped with its hero’s plasma-blasting fists. Consider: Captain Marvel […]

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Oscars: The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same

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This year’s Oscars telecast was perhaps the first I remember where the actual telecast seemed a little anticlimactic at first. Kevin Hart’s going to be our host! No, wait, never mind! But we WILL have a popular movie category! No, no, scratch that, too! But we FOR SURE will hand out awards during commercial breaks! […]

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Alita Stomps on LEGO 2 Over Painful President’s Day Weekend

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In the movie Alita: Battle Angel, the titular hero tells us she “will not stand by in the presence of evil.” Apparently, she won’t stand by in the presence of LEGOs, either. Alita: Battle Angel hauled its collection of spare cyborg parts to the top of the box-office heap this weekend, collecting $27.8 million during […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families (and Couples) This February

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Candy hearts and flowers, boxes of chocolates, poorly read poetry: that’s all the stuff of Valentine’s Day and the month of February. Of course, another part of the sweetheart celebration is cuddling up with your sigh-worthy squeeze and sharing a romantic flick or two. So let’s see what’s streaming for this month for you discerning […]

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Movies Under Glass … Again

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For the second-straight weekend, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass claimed dominion over the box office, earning the No. 1 slot. Its theatrical peers languished in its shadow, writhing in misery once again. Would that make Glass … double pained? Glass earned $19 million in North America, according to estimates, pushing its overall domestic gross to $73.6 […]

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Glass a Clear No. 1

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You’ve heard of the glass ceiling, right? That cliché took on a whole different meaning this weekend. Glass, the latest from director M. Night Shyamalan, created its own box-office ceiling this weekend, keeping its competition well underneath. It earned $40.5 million during the traditional three-day weekend, and $47 million if you toss in the receipts […]

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