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One Wes Craven Film Nobody Seems to Remember

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It’s sort of crazy to know that Wes Craven, who grew up in a strict Baptist family and wasn’t allowed to see any movies of any sort, later become known as one the great leaders in the horror genre. Craven […]

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Zoinks! Scooby-Doo and Gang Return to the Big Screen

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News broke this week that Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma will all be featured in a new animated movie to be released in September 2018. The press release states the the “film marks a reintroduction of Hanna-Barbera animated favorites […]

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‘Mission Impossible 5′ is Still a Fun Ride

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In 1996 when Paramount created the first Mission Impossible film, fans of the classic TV series were none too pleased when the makers decidedly killed off the team and turned the film into a “Tom Cruise film.” Still, the film […]

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Quiet ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ Film is Plenty Creepy

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While you may have to hunt around a bit to find a theater playing the indie film, The Stanford Prison Experiment, it will be well worth it if you enjoy thrillers based on true stories. The film is based on […]

‘Brickumentary': Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Legos

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“Although we’re both known for more ‘serious’ films,” says Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson in a statement for the documentary, A Lego Brickumentary, [this movie] might be the most difficult film we’ve ever made.” And for those who think that […]

‘Pixels’ Should Be More Fun

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Do you remember when you were a kid and you went to the arcade to waste away all your quarters on your favorite video games like PAC-Man, Galaga, Donkey Kong and Centipede? Remember how you had to wait in line […]

Meet a More Charming Sherlock in ‘Mr. Holmes’

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In all of the incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, from the traditional to the more modern, one personality flaw is consistent. Sherlock has a personality disorder. He is often in his own world, has little tollerance for others and doesn’t really […]

Batkid Begins: Best Batman Movie Ever?

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We are all fairly familiar with the organization, Make-A-Wish. For the most part, these people work hard to give seriously ill children a chance to do anything they want. Some ask to go to Disneyland. Others want to meet their […]

A Little ‘Minions’ Goes a Long Way

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I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the new animated feature, Minions. Probably more than I should. It’s not the best movie. The story is pretty week and you do tend to tire of the Minions’ shenanigans about halfway through the film, […]

Pixar’s Colorful ‘Inside Out’ is Thought-Provoking

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When it comes to Pixar films, the question really isn’t, “Is it any good” but rather, “How good is it?” Since the beginning with Toy Story, the studio has created such an image for itself that audiences expect greatness with […]

Meet the Brains Behind the Emotions of ‘Inside Out’

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Recently, I got a chance to meet with two of Disney/Pixar’s most animated characters in an intimate round table discussion of their newest flick, Inside Out. Across from me sat Pete Docter, who is not only the vice president of […]

‘Jurassic World’ IS this Summer’s Blockbuster

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Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’ Forty years ago, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios helped create the term “summer blockbuster” with the release of Jaws. This summer he is the executive producer of this summer’s blockbuster, Jurassic World, also produced by Universal. […]

‘Spy’ is More Fun than it Should be

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The beloved Melissa McCarthy seems to have as many hits as she does misses when it comes to her choices of movies that she appears in. She is a very funny lady with a talent that Hollywood hasn’t pin-pointed how […]

6 Best Movies to Watch with Mom

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So, you decided to avoid the crowds and chaos at the restaurants for Mother’s Day this year and have invited your mom over to your house instead. Good for you. Now, what are you planning on doing? Why not make […]

‘Age of Ultron’ is Over-the-Top Fun

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What do Avengers do for fun on their time off? They attend parties and play party games like who can pick up Thor’s hammer: Tony Stark: “If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?” Thor: “Yes, of course.” […]

TV: This Easter, it’s all About Jesus

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In a time where some Christian publications remind us on a daily basis that our world is going to hell in a hand basket, the rest of the world surprises us. While some fight for freedom FROM religion, others are […]

Andrea Logan White is No Mean Girl

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Last fall I was treated to an on-site visit for the production of Do You Believe in Michigan. While there, I got a chance to speak to Andrea Logan White about her role in the film, her marriage and life […]

‘Insurgent’ Carries on the Story with no Point

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I have never read the Divergent series of books by Veronica Roth, but I have been told that the third book in the series, “Alliegiant” is very disappointing. After seeing Divergent the movie and now Insurgent, I think I can […]

‘Divergent’ is a Good Movie Without a Point

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What is it with teens and dystopian thrillers? They are depressing, full of teen angst and the storylines are obsessed with death. But the books have been huge hits so therefore movies must be made. When viewing Divergent, it is […]

‘Cinderella’ is an Improved Masterpiece

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Sometimes Disney outdoes Disney. When news broke that Walt Disney Pictures was going to  make a live action version of one of their most popular animated movies, many were skeptical. The original is such a classic, how could it be […]

Birdman is the Big Winner – Neil Patrick Harris, Not so Much

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The 87th Oscar Awards ceremony opened with host Neil Patrick Harris singing an original song by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (the people who wrote the the music for Disney’s Frozen). During the tribute to moving pictures, he was joined […]

The Vampire Documentary You Have Been Waiting For

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If you are a fan of vampire movies (not those like Twilight but more like the classic Dracula) and mock documentaries (like Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman), What We Do in the Shadows is for you. This mockumentary […]

‘McFarland, USA’ – Better than ‘Hoosiers’

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I am always amazed when a movie that is “based on a true story” can change so many details. It’s as if the real story wasn’t good enough. In an interview with The Christian Chronicle, Jim and Cheryl White, the […]

‘Christian Mingle: The Movie’ is Better than the Title Suggests

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This Sunday, the UP Network will premiere Corbin Bernsen’s romantic faith-based comedy, Christian Mingle: The Movie. Despite the terrible title, the movie is pretty good and may surprise a few people. The the flick does feature a few Christian Mingle […]

‘Black or White’ is More Grey – but in a Good Way

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Kevin Costner is a busy actor these days playing everything from a superhero’s father (Man of Steel) to a dying CIA agent (3 Days to Kill). Next month he’ll play a high school cross country coach in McFarland, USA, but […]

More than 320,000 Students will see ‘Selma’ for Free

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What started as a local event has grown to a national one in just a few short weeks. The “Bring Selma to Students” program began on January 8th in New York City when 27 African-American business leaders created a fund for […]

Fifty Alternatives to Fifty Shade of Grey

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The wait will soon be over for those panting in desperation to see the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie based on the best-selling book of the same name by E. L. James. It comes to theaters on Valentines Day […]

Paddington Will Win Over Your Heart

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The TV commercials for the new Paddington movie do not do the movie any justice. The images of the little bear riding a bathtub down the stairs and the bewildered Mr. Brown look like the film Beethoven that replaces a […]

The 87th Oscar Nominations are in

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If you are an early riser, you may have caught the announcement of all the Oscar nominations for 2015. They were presented this morning at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams joined […]

Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner Take Sides in “Black or White”

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Racial tensions run high both on screen and off for the film Black or White. Though the movie won’t be released until January 30th, the film did premier at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Reviews of Kevin Costner’s performance […]

The 72nd Golden Globes was Full of Surprises

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When Richard Linklater’s Boyhood arrived in theaters many months ago, many critics suspected that the film could walk away with a bunch of awards this year and if tonight’s winnings at the 72nd Golden Globes are any indication, that suspicion […]

Look Who’s Sneaking into Theaters

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Although the story of a little bear named Paddington has been aroud since 1958, his story is just now making it to the big screen – and practically sneaking in as there has been little fanfare for the film. The […]

Third ‘Night at the Museum’ Totally Redeems Itself

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Ben Stiller’s first Night at the Museum (2006) was a fun and clever movie about a museum security guard who is surprised to find on his first night that all of the artifacts come to life when the sun goes […]

Exodus: Good Movie, Wrong Story

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One has to wonder why some in Hollywood feel like they have to improve on stories based on the Bible. Perhaps it has to do with the idea that if you present a Bible story on screen, people will already […]

2015 Golden Globe Nominees Announced

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Early this morning, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Peter Krause and Paula Patton had the honor of announcing the nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. This of course means that none of them are up for an award but who […]

‘Saving Christmas’ is Full of Useful Stuff

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Some may view actor Kirk Cameron as a hyper-religious, ultra-conservative Christian, so it may surprise you that his latest venture, Saving Christmas, is the polar opposite of what you might expect. In fact, this film is actually aimed at those […]

‘Big Hero 6’ will be Huge

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All those naysayers, (myself included), who thought that Disney was making a big mistake purchasing Marvel, thinking that the two entities would not be able to mix well should be able to relax now. Yes, the traditional Marvel movies bases […]

Science Nerds will Love ‘Interstellar’

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Christopher Nolan’s latest is one of those movies that makes me feel like I’m missing something. It’s Christopher Nolan! You know, the guy who wrote and directed the Dark Knight Trilogy and the mind-bending Inception! You have to love it! […]

‘Stonehearst Asylum’ is an Example of Old Fashioned Storytelling

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With a title like Stonehearst Asylum and the spooky-looking poster promoting it, you might be inclined to think that this movie would be another horror film out just in time for Halloween, but you would be wrong. You won’t find […]

Believe Me: Comedy or Cringe-Inducing?

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  A new kind of faith-based film came to movie screens a couple of years ago called Blue Like Jazz which was based on the book by the same name by Christian author Donald Miller. It featured college kids drinking, […]

‘Alexander’s Bad Day’ is Good for Everyone Else

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Finally, this weekend you can find out for yourself why Steve Carrell is chasing a kangaroo and what that has to do with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. And it will be a good excuse […]

Hillsong UNITED, Skillet and ‘God’s Not Dead’ Win Big at 45th Dove Awards

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For an award show, 45 years is a pretty big deal. Last night GMA celebrated its 45th presentation of the Dove Awards. The thing is; getting timely information from GMA (or any source for that matter) is difficult at best. The […]

Gone Girl Leaves You Speechless

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“Huh.” That is what I said at the end of Gone Girl. I couldn’t really believe that that was the end of the movie. Like many others who hadn’t read the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (who […]

‘Kelly & Cal’ is a Sad Self-Absorbed Tale

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Though the title says Kelly & Cal, this indie film focuses a lot more on Kelly (Juliette Lewis) and her postpartum depression than it does Cal, her 17-year-old wheelchair-bound neighbor. Kelly has recently moved to a location that is close by […]

Why Remake ‘Left Behind’?

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In 1994, Paul LaLonde served as executive producer of Left Behind, which was intended to be used as a documentary to those people “left behind” after the biblical rapture. Included in the cast was Hal Lindsey who was there to […]

Boxtrolls: Incredible Animation, Charmless Story

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All the work and detail that went into The Boxtrolls may never be fully appreciated. Though an early promotion featuring the making of the movie using the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” as a backdrop was […]

Does New ‘Fight Church’ Documentary Hit Below the Belt?

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“The first time I ever watched Mixed Martial Arts was on television at a church-sponsored fight night party that my brother-in-law had invited me to while I was visiting family in Michigan,” says Bryan Storkel in a Daily Beast article […]

‘The Guest’- And You Thought Your Family was Bad

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After a few minutes of watching The Guest, you’ll swear you’ve seen it before, and there is a reason for that. Director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett, the duo behind the horror film, You’re Next, were inspired by bad horror/thriller […]

Chris Dowling: Christian Horror Writer?

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One of the most pumped up movies about the rapture and end times is coming to theaters this weekend and chances are you’ve never even heard of it. The film is called The Remaining and it is not your father’s […]

‘The Identical’ is Not as Good as the Original

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I used to think that Elvis impersonators didn’t arrive on the scene until late in the King’s career, but apparently they have been around since the mid ‘50s. The first was Carl ‘Cheesie’ Nelson who did his own versions of […]

Thursday is National Ghostbusters Day

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It has been 30 years since Ghostbusters hit the movie screens and to celebrate, the marketing team at Sony has big party plans. The festivities began a little early on August 20th as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made a visit […]

‘When the Games Stands Tall’ Could be More Inspiring

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This weekend, the faith-based film, When the Game Stands Tall, hits theaters. It is the true story about the De La Salle High School football team’s 151 winning game streak from 1992-2003, their devastating loss against a rival team and […]

A ‘Hundred Foot Journey’ to a Near Perfect Dish

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It would be easy to excuse and skip The Hundred Foot Journey film as an artsy, fluffy movie that nobody wants to see. There’s no sex, violence, action or language. Nobody died while making the film and it isn’t surrounded […]

Second ‘Alice’ Movie in the Works

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Don’t get too excited, it may be a bit too soon to shine up that teapot and tea cups. Right on the heels of the release of much-anticipated Maleficent and previews for the upcoming Cinderella, Disney has announced that another […]

Your Little Ninjas will Love these Turtles

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If your sons are getting tired of princess stories, they are going to love the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie storming into town this weekend. Don’t be surprised if you end up liking it too. While purist may take […]

‘Guardians’: Fanboys get Their Movie

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Marvel Studios took a risk in 2008 with a big budget project called Ironman. At the time, the comic book character was considered a lesser-known or a second stringer unlike Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four or The Hulk. It was debatable […]

Film Misses the Highs and Lows of ‘Boyhood’

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Some films are so impressively made that they are fascinating to watch but not great to recommend to others. Unfortunately, that is the case with Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” film. The movie premiered at numerous film festivals across the country and […]

Hospital Documentary, ‘Code Black’ is Intriguing

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Running at just 82 minutes in length, the hospital documentary, “Code Black” is already getting the attention it deserves. Unlike other documentaries, “Code Black” is at times interesting, sobering and frustrating, but never is it dull. During the film festival […]

The Rise and Fall of the 4th of July Box Office

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It is a firmly held belief that Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was the beginning of the summer movie blockbuster trend. Before 1975, movies were not considered a big draw during the summer months. That all changed on June 20th of that […]

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