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Why Scorsese Sets Table for Meaty Dramas
4 years ago

Why Scorsese Sets Table for Meaty Dramas

Tommy (Joe Pesci), Jimmy (Robert De Niro) and Henry (Ray Liotta) simply wanted to snag a shovel from Tommy’s mother’s house to help bury the guy.

But when Tommy’s mom …
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What Really Makes a Hero (Hint: It’s Not the Tights)
4 years ago

What Really Makes a Hero (Hint: It’s Not the Tights)

By  •  Opinion

What if Superman didn’t want to be a hero?

He didn’t have to be, you know. He could’ve been a doctor (and saved ever so much money on X-ray machines) …
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Critics Miss Big Picture on ‘American Sniper’
5 years ago

Critics Miss Big Picture on ‘American Sniper’

By  •  Movies, Opinion

Never mind the praise: Criticism of “Sniper” has been withering. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore went on Twitter and called snipers “cowards” (though he later denied his tweets were a direct …
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What Happens When Hollywood Respects the Bible?
5 years ago

What Happens When Hollywood Respects the Bible?

With an estimated $140 million to spend, Director Ridley Scott gave us massive swarms of locusts, a terrifying wall of water and an all-star cast, led by Oscar-winner Christian Bale.


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How ‘Mr. Smith’s’ Beltway Battle Mirrored Christ’s Crucifixion
5 years ago

How ‘Mr. Smith’s’ Beltway Battle Mirrored Christ’s Crucifixion

Mr. Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart, classic Hollywood Everyman) is small-town hero chosen to fill a vacated senate seat for a couple of months before elections.

The corrupt political machine that …
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‘Gotham’ Finds Spirituality in the Darkest of Souls
5 years ago

‘Gotham’ Finds Spirituality in the Darkest of Souls

By  •  Reviews, TV

“You seem like a nice guy,” Harvey tells him. “This is not a city, or a job, for nice guys. Understand?”

Gotham, Fox’s highly-touted series that begins its run at …
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‘The Giver’ Reveals Utopia’s Steep Price Tag
5 years ago

‘The Giver’ Reveals Utopia’s Steep Price Tag

By  •  Movies

There’s truth in that. When I look at kids’ and YA books, they’re often loaded with big, ticklish issues that adult novels rarely seem to touch. While we grown-ups thumb …
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