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Silence

To anyone approaching this film without background information, it might seem like an oddity that Martin Scorcese (GoodfellasThe Wolf of Wall Street, Taxi Driver, The Aviator, among many, many others) has made a film about Jesuit priests under persecution in Japan.  If so, it’s even more of an oddity that the film is not only respectful of faith, but embraces ideas that cut to the true heart of Christianity.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Continuing our series of Harry Potter reviews, we now reach The Goblet of Fire, also known as “The one where Ron is a terrible human being.”

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third installment in the Harry Potter franchise is less thematically poignant than the previous two films. But it’s also more technically accomplished and emotionally compelling.

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Music

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Best of 2016: Music

The beginning of the new year is a time when we look back at the previous year.  As we look back on 2016 (a year with some very disappointing Grammy selections), here are some albums that really struck me, some of which are getting recognition, and some of which have been regrettably overlooked.

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Danny Gokey: Rise

The American Idol contestant turned worship singer is back with Rise, and while it may not rock the charts, it has a heart and artistic progression that’s admirable.

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The Grammy Awards Reward Popularity, Not Artistry

Last Oscar season, the Academy gave Best Picture to a film that did not win opening weekend. (more…)

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TV Shows

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Sherlock: The Six Thatchers

For much of BBC’s Sherlock, the titular character has been practically omniscient, as well as sociopathic and completely lacking in empathy. With “The Six Thatchers,” that is changing.

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Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

“The Return of Doctor Mysterio” is not very Christmasy. But it does make a key step the show has been in need of for a while: it made Doctor Who fun again.

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Netflix’s Top Picks for January

Not sure what to watch on Netflix this month?  We’ve got you covered.

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Comics

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Superior Spider-Man Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy

Remember that time that Otto Octavius was Spider-Man?

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Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth

Antiheroes are all the rage, and the Suicide Squad property has certainly ridden that wave.  The New 52 reboot, unlike the film, does have its moments, even if overall it’s little more than a superfluous indulgence.

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Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside

The greatest test of the secondary characters of the Batman mythos has always been how to stand apart.  Sure, people like Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, etc., but is that just an extension of the Dark Knight? And if so, are these characters actually good, or are they just a knock-off stand-in similar to shoddy fan fiction?

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Video Games

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News Roundup, 9/7

Take a look at news and developments from the past few weeks!

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Five Reasons Video Games are not the Devil

Media can be used for great good.  But, as we all know, it can do great harm as well.  That’s really in the message more than the medium, but there are certain forms of media that have gotten a really bad rap.  Video Games is one of them.  But, contrary to what many may think, video games are not inherently harmful.  Here are five reasons why.

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Why You Should Play ‘Pokemon Go’ with Your Kids

2016 is the Year of the Nerd.

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