How the Joker Reflects and Repels Us All

man who alleged poured a container of alcohol into his drink before the show, scared movie attenders in a New York City theater as he laughed and cheered loudly in response to scenes of murder in the recent Joker film. He was eventually removed from the theater while spitting on those who had asked him to be quiet. While this event stood out from other reports from the weekend, an article in the Associated Press outlines how many theaters prepared for the movie’s release with heightened security.

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Endgame & the Moral Arc of the Universe (No Spoilers)

ARTIN Luther King Jr., said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” I was reminded of that quote as I drove to the movie theater with my twins to watch the Avenger’s Endgame. Here’s why. (No spoilers)

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The Story of God

ORGAN Freeman played the part of God in the 2007 movie featuring Steve Carell as Evan Almighty. But for the last three seasons Freeman’s been content to serve as host on National Geographic’s documentary series, “The Story of God.” The show overviews humanity’s fascination with the divine.

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“Top Down” or “Bottom Up” Knowledge?

The other night I watched the animated movie Smallfoot with my kids. It didn’t pique our interest enough to see it in theater, but looked decent enough to spend a few dollars to rent. While I often write about kids’ movies and their underlying worldviews, this one took a more explicit shot at religion.

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Wreck It Ralph On Friendships & Insecurity

We cancelled Thanksgiving this year. When my daughter got sick on Wednesday evening we knew we’d likely be making a hospital run, due to her genetic condition. To be totally honest, it ended up being a pretty fun daddy-daughter sleepover at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for Thanksgiving Day and night.

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The Hate U Give

Tupac Shakur, the iconic nineties rapper, made popular the acrostic THUG LIFE which was tattooed across his torso. It stands for The Hate You Give Little Infants *expletive* Everybody. Tupac explained, “What you feed us as seeds, grows and blows up in your face.”

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The Worldview of Winnie the Pooh

Sometimes Hollywood gets it right. Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is a treat for any age, offering humor, nostalgia, and inspiration. If you’re looking for a family film with zero curse words and no innuendo, then now is the time to head to the theater. Movies like this don’t come along often anymore.

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Why Star Wars Doesn’t Work (No Spoilers)

The latest Star Wars installment has sparked mixed reviews. After seeing it (for my second time) I had an interesting conversation with some friends about a pervasive worldview misfit in the galactic epic. Don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers here for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, like my twins whom I’m taking to see the film after school today.

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Coco: A Syncretistic Masterpiece

Pixar’s latest animated film Coco released on November 22, 2017, just in time for the Thanksgiving movie rush. While in my hometown of Jacksonville, IL, April and I took our kids to the show along with their grandparents. Our evening, like the plot of the film, was a family affair.

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