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Paul Asay is an author, journalist and entertainment critic who now serves as a senior associate editor for the popular Christian entertainment review site Plugged In (pluggedin.com). He has been published in a variety of other secular and Christian publications, including The Washington Post, The Gazette in Colorado Springs, YouthWorker Journal and Beliefnet.com. He has a love of old movies, a disturbing affinity for bad ones and an appreciation for all things geek.


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Forget CGI: ‘I’ll Push You’ is a Movie With Just Two Friends, a Wheelchair and a Whale of a Story

By Paul Asay on September 15, 2017

Suffering is a gift. It’s difficult for us to grasp that truth in 21st century America. For us, gifts are sweaters and PlayStation 4’s, maybe colorfully wrapped under a Christmas tree. Gifts are fun. Entertaining. They give us comfort. Joy.…

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Stephen King: ‘Faith Makes it Possible to Battle the Monsters’

By Paul Asay on September 13, 2017

Stephen King and I go way back. I think IT was actually the first book of his that I read, way back in high school, and for years I kept coming back for more. But I didn’t keep reading King…

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Nothing but the Blood: 3 Fascinating Spiritual Themes in ‘IT’

By Paul Asay on September 11, 2017

IT made an estimated $123 million this weekend, setting a record for highest debut ever for a horror movie. Based on Stephen King’s uber-creepy (and even more demented) novel of the same name, IT refers to the fearsome evil embodied…

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Coming to Christmas Future (and It Looks Pretty Good)

By Paul Asay on September 7, 2017

We all know ‘A Christmas Carol.’ We’ve seen Ebenezer Scrooge played by Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, Mr. Magoo and Sam the Eagle. He’s as much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus. Kind of weird to think that, before Charles…

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Why Don’t Christians Like Good Movies?

By Paul Asay on August 28, 2017

Sometimes, I don’t get us. We Christian moviegoers can sound oh-so-superior when we critique Christian movies. We whine a lot. We complain about the scripting, the acting, the hokey dialogue, the maudlin sentimentality. And what happens when we’re given a…

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Is God in the Movies? A New Book Shows Us How to Find Him There

By Paul Asay on August 23, 2017

They would come without question. They’d gather in the sanctuary, light streaming in red and green and gold through stained glass windows, music from the choir spilling and flowing through the space. They’d sing and greet one another and listen…

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Three Ways ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Nails Evil (in Our Own Lives)

By Paul Asay on August 16, 2017

There’s no doubt that the doll in Annabelle: Creation is a truly terrible toy. She’s not some misunderstood waif, playing out her own bad decisions. She’s not a tortured antihero taking moral shortcuts to a worthy end. The doll is…

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“There’s Something Greater Than All of Us.” A Conversation With Annabelle: Creation Writer Gary Dauberman

By Paul Asay on August 10, 2017

The wind howls. A door creaks. And then in the darkness—just out of the corner of your eye—you see something move. Was it a bit of paper, picked up by a draft? The family cat? Or was it … something…

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We Can’t Just All Get Along: Detroit as Seen by Four Characters

By Paul Asay on August 8, 2017

We need rules. If we loved each other perfectly, we’d have no use for laws and courts and prisons. But our better angels are tethered to unseemly demons of greed and lust, rage and fear. And so from the time…

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The Great Eight: The Summer’s Best Movies

By Paul Asay on August 4, 2017

A calendar tells us that summer runs from June 21 to September 21. Most of us ignore that calendar and kinda pencil summer in between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But if you’re in the movie biz, summer runs from…

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