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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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Check Out ‘A Wrinkle in Time’s’ New Trailer

By Paul Asay on November 20, 2017

Disney just released its new trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, in theaters March 9. I’ve already written about how excited I am for the movie, and I still have high hopes. But it was a little jarring to see…

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What Went Wrong With Justice League (and How to Fix It)

By Paul Asay on November 17, 2017

I feel kind of sorry for D.C. We know the folks behind Justice League meant well. It’s in their best interest to create a strong franchise. I’d assume they love and respect D.C.’s pantheon of superheroes as much as we…

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Dickens Didn’t ‘Invent’ Christmas. But Here Are Three Ways He Changed It.

By Paul Asay on November 14, 2017

Forget the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. The real inescapable spirit of the season is that of Charles Dickens himself. Try as you might, you can’t run from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol during the holidays. It’s everywhere: His…

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Sin, Penance and Forgiveness in an Age of Scandal

By Paul Asay on November 11, 2017

My favorite movie? It might be The Mission. The 1986 movie unpacks the story of Jesuit missionary Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), who ministers to South America’s Guarani people and trying to protect them from European slavers. Soon he meets with…

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A Spoiler-Free Look at What Murder on the Orient Express Gets Right, and Wrong, About Faith

By Paul Asay on November 10, 2017

Every summer, when I’d visit my grandma and grandpa at their Colorado cabin for a week or so, I’d head to the bookcase the very first thing and pick out an old, battered, Agatha Christie book to read.  Those old…

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How ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Connects With Christian Faith in Four Freaky Ways

By Paul Asay on November 5, 2017

Let’s not pretend that Thor: Ragnarok is some profound theological declaration. It’s a superhero movie, and a silly one at that. If you’ve seen it, you know. If not … well, first, you should probably read something else: This column…

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‘The Long Road Home’: Faith Under Fire

By Paul Asay on November 3, 2017

In the second hour of National Geographic’s miniseries The Long Road Home, Lt. Shane Aguero (E.J. Bonilla) leans over the bloodied shell of Sgt. Eddie Chen—the first fatality of what those in Sadr City, Iraq, would come to call Black…

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Exorcism Of Emily Rose is a Boo-eutiful Halloween Movie

By Paul Asay on October 31, 2017

The doorbell’s stopped ringing. The candy—at least all the candy you can bear to part with— is gone. You’re ready to watch something scary … but not something that’ll make you want to wash your eyes out with soap or…

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I’ll Push You: ‘God Was Saying I Need to Do This’

By Paul Asay on October 29, 2017

The Camino de Santiago—traditionally stretching from the southwest corner of France to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain—has served as a sacred pilgrimage for more than a thousand years. The most famous route runs for about 500…

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The Florida Project: Searching for the Kingdom of Heaven Next to the Magic Kingdom

By Paul Asay on October 27, 2017

The Florida Project rolls nationwide this week. It’s a quirky, difficult and sometimes heartbreaking movie, filled with foul-mouthed kids and deeply troubled parents and more content concerns than a season of South Park. And it’s one of my favorite films…

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