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Everything You Need to Know About the MCU Before ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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– By Joe Campbell – The following contains spoilers for the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With 22 movies, eleven years, and dozens of heroes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) may seem like a daunting task to anyone wanting to dip their toes into the massive superhero saga today.  But with Avengers: Endgame bringing all these intersecting threads, characters, …

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‘The Twilight Zone’ 60 Years Later: Timeless Fables of Human Nature

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–By Sam Hendrian–  “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into: THE TWILIGHT ZONE.” This opening narration of Rod Serling’s classic anthology series The …

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The Trouble with Dragon Eggs: A Producer’s Journal (Part 1)

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– By James Powers – I have to get something off my chest, dear readers. Although I love movies – watching them, talking about them, picking them apart – they also really scare me. Specifically, the process of making them really scares me. And this is extremely relevant for me at the moment, because somehow I’ve found myself the lead …

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How Roger Ebert Taught Me – And Probably You – How To Watch Movies

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– By James Powers – Today, as I’m writing this, it’s April 3. Tomorrow, April 4 (by which point I will have hopefully finished this thing) is the sixth anniversary of the death of Roger Ebert, a man who almost single-handedly sculpted America’s relationship to movies. He is one of my favorite writers, obviously one of my favorite film critics; …

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Why Amazon’s ‘Second Age’ is a Brilliant Move – And What We Can Expect To See

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– By Joe Houde – Amazon’s recent tease that their upcoming Lord of the Rings series will actually focus on the Second Age of Middle-earth has a lot of Tolkien nerds (myself included) abuzz with excitement and speculation. Since the show’s announcement in November 2017, details have been rolled out at a snail’s pace. Shortly after the initial announcement, we …

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5 Powerful Pro-Life Movies (That You May Not Have Known Were Pro-Life)

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–By Sam Hendrian– The value of each human life is a subject often painted in gray colors by modern society. When exactly does life begin, and is it truly valuable at all its stages? The answer to this question has been hotly debated over the past century. The Catholic Church has always affirmed that life begins at conception and is …

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To the Pure, All Things Are Pure: Exploring Questionable Content in Films

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–By Sam Hendrian– “To the pure, all things are pure.” – Titus 1:15 This New Testament quotation is encouraging, for it suggests that if we are truly pure of heart, we need not be afraid of inanimate objects (like works of art) causing us to sin merely by viewing them. For nearly a century, there has been passionate discussion within …

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The Oscars 2019: Or, Why I’m Kind of Looking Forward to This Year’s Hot Mess

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– By James Powers – I have never once watched the Oscars. Which I guess is kind of surprising for a guy who likes to think of himself as a film nerd. But then again, I’m also a Pacific Northwest native who’s never once been skiing or snowboarding, so you know – people are full of surprises. I don’t have …