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ENTERTAINMENT

Backstage Pass
by John Hanlon

“13 Reasons Why” Is Dangerous

As Youth Leaders, we see first-hand how teens are continuously being bombarded, like never before, with a vast variety of mixed messages from a vast variety of sources. With this in mind, the degree to which culture has the ability to influence teenagers is higher than ever before. Every once in a while, one of these [Read More...]

Chrisicisms
by Chris Williams

Announcement: Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Podcasts?

I’m a product of nineties youth group culture. I was raised in the Baptist church. For the first 12 years of my life, we attended a very strict one, the kind that prohibited dancing, drinking or attending movie theaters. The only music I was allowed to listen to was Christian rock. Even though we moved [Read More...]

Cinemeditations
by Andrew Johnson

The Best TV of 2013

In a year of fantastic television, what was extra memorable?

Doc Hollywood
by Craig Detweiler

Silence: Scorsese’s Spiritual Masterpiece

Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence. One of these is not like the others. How could the same director who repeatedly reveled in the high cost of unchecked male rage also deliver the meditative and masterful Silence? Feudal Japan seems so far removed from the Mean Streets of [Read More...]

Faith Goes Pop
by Lilit Marcus

Paula Abdul Is Going to Have a Bat Mitzvah in Israel

Did you know that Paula Abdul is Jewish? Paula is the former judge of American Idol and star of one of the greatest crash-and-burn reality shows ever (that would be Hey Paula), and now she’s in Israel touring the country as an official guest of the country’s board of tourism. Paula is visiting religious sites, [Read More...]

FilmChat
by Peter T. Chattaway

Mary Magdalene gets its first promo reel at Cannes

Journalists say Rooney Mara's Magdalene is "empowered", while Joaquin Phoenix's Jesus is "ethereal" and "kind of a bemused hippie?"

The Rogue
by Jonathan Ryan

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Episode 5 of 5

It’s taken me to episode five of this blog series to finally figure out why I was so disappointed by the Star Wars prequels. Well, I have untied the knots! The hyperdrive has been repaired in the nick of time! I feel the Force flowing through me once again… So, I re-watched the prequels, from [Read More...]

Reel Faith
by DeWayne Hamby

Interview: Chonda Pierce On New Doc, Inauguration, and Being ‘Enough’

Popular comedian's new film premiers April 25 with encore presentation on May 9

Schaeffer's Ghost
by Various

The Top 20 Films of 2016

It was a highly rewarding year at the movies.

Sister Rose at the Movies
by Sister Rose

Red Nose Day – Celebrities, Organizations – All Of Us Can Help End Child Poverty

    Red Nose Day – Celebrities, Organizations – All Of Us Can Help End Child Poverty I am pleased to share this good news with you for Red Nose Day! A big thank you to Grace Hill Media and all the work they are doing to promote this good cause: to held end child [Read More...]

Watching God
by Paul Asay

Star Wars Turns the Big 4-0, and It’s as Influential as Ever

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far—no, wait, in our galaxy—there was a little boy who saw Star Wars. And then he saw it again. And again. And again. He couldn’t afford any Kenner Star Wars playsets,…