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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Vodcast: Who Got Left Out of the Plugged In Movie Awards?

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PIMA rejects

Here at Plugged In we watch a lot of movies. And once a year, Adam Holz, Paul Asay, Bob Hoose and myself all sit down and pick the ones we thought were “the best.” We unpacked those “bests” all last week as our nominations for the Plugged In Movie Awards. But choosing what makes the […]

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Super Bowl Ads Reveal a Brave, New, Digital World

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“I watch the Super Bowl for the ads,” some say. And this year, those folks might’ve been some of the few who actually enjoyed it. (Why yes, I was rooting for the Rams. Why do you ask?) While football fans were treated to a 13-3 victory by the New England Patriots, commercial fans were treated […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Christian Movie

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best christian movie PIMA 2019

It’s the last day to unveil our nominations, and we’ve saved the most spiritual for last. Christian movies are getting better with each passing year, and this year’s crop of nominees suggests the variety we’re seeing from them—from historical epics to modern dramas to the story of a bestselling song. As always, chime in with […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movies for Teens

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We’re in our second day of unveiling nominees for our world-renowned, mightily coveted Plugged In Movie Awards. And in this installment, we turn our attention to movies suitable for teens. This doesn’t mean that they’re solely for teens, of course. Many adults don’t mind watching superheroes do their thing. By default, this tends to be […]

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Controversial “The Best Men Can Be” Gillette Ad Is Actually Brilliant

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Still from Gillette "The Best Men Can Be" ad featuring a father separating two boys who were fighting.

Gillette’s “The Best Men Can Be” short film is actually the culmination of a longer marketing campaign, and a good one at that. Cause marketing isn’t exactly new, but we have certainly heard a lot more about it over the last few years thanks to the Internet and social media. It used to take a […]

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Tim Tebow, Pop Culture’s Most Eligible Bachelor, Just Got Engaged to a Former Miss Universe

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Engagement picture of Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters [Photo Credit: Kelly Braman Photography]

Tim Tebow is nothing if not a lightning rod for pop culture’s attention. From football to baseball to Super Bowl commercials, Tebow’s strong and vocal Christian faith combined with a big smile and “Aww Shucks” Southern charm have won him a lot of fans and controversy—but mostly fans, as evidenced by the overwhelming flood of […]

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“Bandersnatch”: The Possibility—and Peril—of Story

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Stories are never one-way streets. It’s not just what the story’s creator pours into them; we, the consumer, bring elements to the party as well—our experiences, our ideals, our moods. These elements inherently shape a given story we’re reading or viewing or playing. So even while watching the same movie, two people can have two […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2018 Edition)

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See ya, 2018. Wouldn’t want to be ya. Who would? The year was so crazy that even Vincent Van Gogh would have suggested it get a hold of itself. Terrible fires in California. Terrible cold out east. A Tesla Roadster is driving around in space. Certain eels are compulsively swimming into the noses of certain […]

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Why Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is a Doc Worth Seeing

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What a Christmas present. My daughter gifted me the other night with tickets to see the five-year passion project of director Peter Jackson. (The Fathom Event played Dec. 17 in about 500 theaters, and it’ll be in theaters again tomorrow, Dec. 27.) And I just had to type out a quick blog to say … […]

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