What Dunkirk Can Teach Us About Finding Victory in Failure

By Paul Asay on July 24, 2017

I’m still processing the death of Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. Linkin Park was a part of our household when the band was the biggest thing around. My son was a fan, and so I heard Chester’s voice—sometimes…

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Six Questions with A Ghost Story’s David Lowery

By Paul Asay on July 20, 2017

In David Lowery’s excellent, intimate A Ghost Story (increasing its theatrical run this week), the ghost (Casey Affleck) is simply known as C. Killed in a car crash, C spends his days and nights and years in his haunted house,…

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I’m Officially Pumped for Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time

By Paul Asay on July 18, 2017

So, there’s only so much you can learn from a movie trailer. They’re advertisements, after all. They’re supposed to get you excited about a movie. That said, I got goosebumps watching the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time. It looks like the…

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In War for the Planet of the Apes, God’s Chosen People Aren’t People at All

By Paul Asay on July 17, 2017

Jesus told us to give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, give to God what is God’s. In War for the Planet of the Apes, we get a story concerned with both: Caesar, the intelligent, charismatic chimpanzee leader of a troop…

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Little Love for Faith in Emmy Nominations

By Paul Asay on July 13, 2017

TV has never been better, no question. The television landscape is so saturated with prestige shows right now that it’s turned into a veritable bog of quality—capable of sucking us in and forcing us to binge watch for weeks at…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Proves That Superhero Movies Have Never Been Better. (But It Can’t Last.)

By Paul Asay on July 7, 2017

Years from now—nay, decades—film historians will look back at 2017, rub their graying goatees, adjust their monocles and say, “Man, what was up with all those sequels? Who in their right mind would think anyone needed another Transformer movie?” Their…

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Four Fantastic Flicks that Might Make Your Dad Cry (Even If He Won’t Admit It)

By Paul Asay on June 15, 2017

The day my son was born was the scariest day of my life. He was so small, so quiet. Born a couple weeks early, his lungs were so small he didn’t so much cry as mew. His face was already…

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Four Fascinating Spiritual Messages in Wonder Woman

By Paul Asay on June 2, 2017

After the director gave us us a tortured Superman who kills, a sadistic Batman who uses guns and a couple of superhero movies that fell well short of super, Snyder turned the reins of DC’s extended universe to director Patty…

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Star Wars Turns the Big 4-0, and It’s as Influential as Ever

By Paul Asay on May 25, 2017

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far—no, wait, in our galaxy—there was a little boy who saw Star Wars. And then he saw it again. And again. And again. He couldn’t afford any Kenner Star Wars playsets,…

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Great Scott! Three Fascinating Religious Characters in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant

By Paul Asay on May 22, 2017

Director Ridley Scott hates religion, or so he says. He told Esquire Magazine that it was “the biggest source of evil.” He loves his rebels—men and women who push against authoritarianism be it government, business or church. Individualism, not faith,…

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