Boys State Shows Us Democracy in Action—For Better and Worse

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As you hop across your channels and streaming services, looking for something (anything?) new to watch, you might cross paths with Boys State, a documentary that just hit Apple TV+ today. It’s a fascinating, depressing and oddly inspiring look at politics in America—if it was driven by high school guys. A little background: The Boys […]

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The Plugged In Show, Episode 38: Navigating the Impact of Television on Our Lives

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Since its inception, television has exerted enormous influence in the myriad ways it can influence us and shape our culture’s values. That’s arguably been even more true over the last six months or so. The unwanted arrival of COVID-19 has meant more screen time than ever for families, including opportunities to binge on TV during […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families in August (2020)

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We’re well into the dog days of summer now And thanks to the ongoing COVID crisis, we’re wondering if the kids will ever leave the house again. We’re worried that huge social-distancing hoop skirts might soon become a fashion craze, hoping that breathing our own carbon dioxide in a mask doesn’t make you lose your […]

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In a Sea of Entertainment Delays and Cancellations, ‘The Chosen’ Sails to Season Two

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The Chosen, a television series based on the life of Jesus, has already broken a lot of new entertainment ground. According to its makers, it’s the No. 1 crowdfunded media project in history. And the show eschewed distribution through the world’s streaming giants and instead made itself available on its own stand-alone app. Oh, and […]

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Disney’s Hamilton is Cleaner Than the Broadway Version. But That Doesn’t Make It Clean.

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If you’ve ever participated in theater—or even just been exposed to theater—you’ve probably heard the phrase “the show must go on.” And while this is usually applied to when a star singer loses her voice or an actor breaks his toe while performing a stunt on stage, Disney took these words to heart during this […]

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An Interview With Dallas Jenkins, Creator of The Chosen

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Faith-based entertainment has something of a spotty history. The best of intentions don’t always translate to the screen as well as we might like, and sometimes a Christian movie or show that can move a believer to tears might leave a secular viewer … unimpressed. Maybe that’s one reason why I was so impressed by […]

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What Did People Watch This Weekend? It’s Complicated.

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I’m feeling a little nostalgic for the good old days, otherwise known as this past February. It was so easy to see what movies were the most popular around: Studios would release their box-office estimates and, voila! We knew which movies were soaring, which were sinking and which were just treading water. Now, it’s not […]

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Entertainment That Might Cure Your Boredom (and Benefit Others)

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“We may be apart right now, but coming together has never been more important,” says the Global Citizen, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty. And it has a point. It seems crazy that just a few months ago, we were all commuting to and from work, attending school in actual classrooms, and giving our […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families for May 2020

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It’s May 2020. And what a big, fat, hairy month it is. In fact, now that we’re in what seems like the third year of isolated coronavirus lockdown, big, fat and hairy are all very literal descriptors. So it’s only fitting that we give you a good-sized collection of less-than-hairy streaming family fare. Let’s get […]

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Culture clips: Capitalizing on the Quarantine

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We all know that the coronavirus and the accompanying lockdowns have rocked the world economy. Nearly 18 million Americans have applied for unemployment in just the last three weeks in just about every field you can imagine. And those numbers could get worse. Entertainment has been hit hard (the prestigious Cannes Film Festival announced it […]

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An Easter Like We’ve Never Seen … Right?

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For the last several weeks, my wife and I have been watching church. Instead of pews, we sit on our couch. Instead of standing and singing ourselves, we sit and listen to the worship band play. The pastor still preaches and we still pray, but worship—intended as an active, shared experience—has taken on a sheen […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families for April 2020

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April 2020 is here. And what an April it’s shaping up to be. Because of all the Covid-19 dangers, our minds are set on keeping a six-foot personal-space boundary and staying keenly aware of new shipments of toilet paper at the local store. Of course, more than any other recent April we’re also happy to […]

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Culture Clips: Celebs Take on COVID-19

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The March news cycle was dominated by the coronavirus, and April isn’t shaping up to be much different. If anything, concerns are ramping up. But without any movies to go to or sports events to watch, several celebrities are telling us that they’ve got our backs. Taylor Swift (who, admittedly, is not hurting for ready […]

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Culture Clips: Putting the Olympic Flame on Hold

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Everyone knows that the sports world has screeched to a halt for now because of the coronavirus. Professional basketball and hockey seasons have been suspended. Baseball’s Spring Training is on hold. Golfers are stuck at home, polishing their five-irons. ESPN has no idea what to do with all of its airtime. It’s gotten so bad […]

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