Oscar Darling Hidden Figures Shows Us How to Stand up to Injustice Gracefully

By Paul Asay on February 20, 2017

If you go to the movies, you know what’s needed to take on an evil overlord: A flame thrower. Well, not always a flame-thrower. Sometimes it’s a light saber or a machete or a magic wand. The weapons don’t matter…

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CNN Examines Historical Christianity in Finding Jesus

By Paul Asay on February 15, 2017

There’s been a lot of talk about “fake news” lately. Even real news gets called on the carpet for being biased or misleading. I half expect to see a debate soon on what two-plus-two really equals. But apparently, those sorts…

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Three Reasons To See Fences Before the Oscars

By Paul Asay on February 10, 2017

For movie lovers, the weeks before the Oscars can feel like an old-fashioned collegiate cram session. So much stuff to catch up on and not enough time to get to it all. So what should you see in anticipation of…

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Logan Was the Super Bowl’s Best Commercial, Claws Down

By Paul Asay on February 6, 2017

I dig superheroes, but I’ve never been a huge X-Men guy. I never read the comics, and all the movies fall on a scale between “pretty good” and “meh.” But after seeing the Super Bowl ad for Logan, I wonder…

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Martin Scorsese talks Spirituality and Silence

By Paul Asay on February 1, 2017

Silence was one of the most provocative, moving bits of cinema I saw last year. It’s complex and murky and inspiring and troubling and beautiful–all of which, in a way, reflects how I interact with faith itself. Perhaps, when we…

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Why Silence Deserved Oscar’s Love

By Paul Asay on January 27, 2017

When Academy Award nominees earlier this week, plenty of Oscar’s snubs made headlines. No Amy Adams? No Sully? Where’s Hugh Grant? But the Academy reserved its biggest oversight for one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed directors: Martin Scorsese. Silence, the film…

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The Story of God: Is There Anybody Out There?

By Paul Asay on January 25, 2017

For two seasons, National Geographic’s The Story of God With Morgan Freeman has taken us behind the curtain to see the world’s religions, both great and small, at work. This Monday in the second season finale, Freeman and his crew…

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The Story of God: Finding Heaven in Hell

By Paul Asay on January 20, 2017

What is heaven? What is hell? And how do they impact how we live right now? “Heaven and Hell,” the latest episode of The Story of God With Morgan Freeman (airing Jan. 23) grapples with those questions. They’re questions that…

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The Story of God: Are We All Chosen?

By Paul Asay on January 13, 2017

National Geographic’s fascinating series The Story of God With Morgan Freeman kicks off its second season Jan. 16. The first episode is titled “The Chosen One,” and it focuses on those whom, in a variety of religions, believe that they’ve…

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Ha La Lu Land: How Christianity is Like a Classic Hollywood Musical

By Paul Asay on January 5, 2017

If you’ve seen my rundown of the year’s best films, you’ll know I really, really liked La La Land. Like most musicals, it features a pair of dreamers. Mia (Emma Stone) is a barista working at a movie lot coffee…

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