Skillet Frontman Asks, ‘What in God’s Name Is Happening to Christianity?’

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skillet John Cooper

Sometimes the truth hurts. It hurts because we’re forced to confront something about life or about ourselves that’s uncomfortable, maybe even painful. That doesn’t feel good. Increasingly, though, mainstream culture is veering away from telling hard truths. Especially those that make anyone feel uncomfortable. And for many, emotions have become the path to their subjective, […]

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With MAD Magazine Gone, is the Future of Satire … Christian?

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Mad Mag

MAD Magazine, after 67 years of serving as America’s gap-toothed jester-king of satire, is no more. Oh, it’s not completely gone. Its creators say a year-end issue will come out (presumably at year’s end), along with the occasional special collection. But its days as an entertainment/cultural bellweather and influencer is done. Make no mistake, MAD […]

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Entertainment, Media and Mental Health: Psychoanalysis on the Screen

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beautiful mind

This is the second part of a three-part series examining the connection between our entertainment/media culture and mental health, the latter of which is a growing problem for America’s youth. Last week, Kristin Smith discussed how celebrities are increasingly open about their own struggles with anxiety and depression, giving their fans permission to do the […]

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Game of … Critics?

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Game of Critics

To paraphrase something Bruce Banner once said, “Don’t make the fans angry. You wouldn’t like them when they’re angry.” Since the advent of social media, fans have increasingly had an online outlet to express their euphoria in glorious, crowd-pleasing moments—and to vent their white-hot, dragon-fire rage when their beloved franchises veer in directions they deem […]

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Forget About Saving the World. The MCU is All About Family

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Avengers family

We could unpack a lot of stuff with Avengers: Endgame, Marvel’s three-hour finale to its 11-year, 22-movie odyssey (so far). And hopefully we’ll have opportunity to do just that sometime soon—when most of you have seen it and spoilers aren’t quite as big of an issue. But one thing that I can say about Endgame […]

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‘What Is Real?’ Reflections on The Matrix 20 Years Later

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The Matrix

Hundreds of new movies come and go each year. Some have theatrical debuts. Some stream online or are released direct to video. All feature stories that someone, somewhere, thought were interesting enough to warrant the trouble of making them. Most of these movies vanish, metaphorically speaking, into our cultural memory. Functionally forgotten, as if they’d […]

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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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