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When “Blessed Assurance” Came to Washington

Ninety-one-year-old actress Cicely Tyson was one of the honorees at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors (along with George Lucas, Carole King, Seiji Ozawa, and Rita Moreno). Tyson’s tribute by fellow performers brought a touch of Christianity to the proceedings because of the actress’s love of the hymn “Blessed Assurance.” She performed it as part of [Read More...]

Family, Not Just Nostalgia, is Behind Popularity of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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As expected, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has done blockbuster business opening weekend, earning over $250 million. I also heard a statistic that said 71% of the people who attended were adults. To me, that suggests the movie’s popularity is about more than simple pop culture nostalgia, but something deeper. “Star Wars” is popular among [Read More...]

“Star Wars” Fans Rejoice! “The Force Awakens” Offers Adventure, Humor, and Emotional Depth

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At the end of season one of JJ Abrams’ hit TV series “Alias,” a mysterious character tells a captive Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), “I’ve waited 30 years for this.” “Star Wars” fans like myself who are old enough to have seen the original trilogy in theaters will adapt that timeline to 32 years as we [Read More...]

When Faith, Determination, & Ingenuity Saved Lives: A Review of “The 33″

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I choose to believe we’ll all get out. So says Mario Sepulveda (Antonio Banderas) to his fellow miners in the new movie “The 33,” which was inspired by the true story of the 33 Chileans who became trapped 2,300 feet underground when the mine in which they were working collapsed in 2010. The film takes [Read More...]


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