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10 Major Movie Anniversaries in 2019

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–By Sam Hendrian– Well, 2019 is in full swing, and while there are plenty of new films to look forward to, it is fun to take a look back at some of the classics that helped shape American cinematic culture. Here are ten culturally-significant movies that are celebrating major anniversaries this year. 1. Mr. Smith Goes …

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Advent Aphorisms: 10 Inspiring Christmas Movie Quotes

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–By Sam Hendrian– As wonderful as they are supposed to be, the days leading up to Christmas can often feel rather hollow. Beyond the obvious superficiality of commercialized cheer, even religious rituals and the true meaning of the season may become darkened by rote routine and existential doubts. When illusions of meaninglessness creep into our …

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With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility: The Timeless Wisdom of Stan Lee’s Stories

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–By Sam Hendrian– “That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.” These earnest words said by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee capture the virtuous spirit of the many superhero stories he co-created …

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Doing Good for the Sake of Good in ‘Instant Family’

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–By Sam Hendrian– “Ellie, people who take foster kids are really special. The kind of people who volunteer when it’s not even a holiday. We don’t even volunteer on a holiday!” These hilarious words said by Pete Wagner (Mark Wahlberg) to Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) in 2018’s Instant Family summarize the film’s richly-relevant thematic core. …