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Rope: Worldviews Have Consequences

The phrase “Worldviews have consequences” has become something of a mantra for Christian apologists, but perhaps Alfred Hitchcock understood that principle better than most Christians.

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2017 Preview: Our 10 Most Anticipated Films

2016 was a crazy year, with some of the most anticipated films being the most disappointing (Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse), while other unexpected films, such as Arrival and Kubo and the Two Strings came out to steal the light.  So what will the winners be for 2017?  Here are some picks to keep an eye on.

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Movie Weekend Preview: February 24

If you’re a sentimental type, this could turn out to be a great opening weekend.  If you’re not, well, better luck next week.

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Music

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Train: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat

Train’s newest release is as upbeat as ever, but it’s nothing more or less than another shallow pop/rock indulgence.

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AFI: AFI (The Blood Album)

If I were to make a list of bands that have successfully pulled off genre transitions, AFI would be very near the top of the list.

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The xx: I See You

The xx is one of the U.K.’s premier indie pop bands, and I See You is a perfect example of why.

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TV Shows

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FX’s Legion

When I heard that Fox and Marvel were adapting Chris Claremont’s X-Men character Legion for TV, I had many thoughts of what that TV show might look like.  Coincidentally, an eclectic and fascinating psychological thriller was not one of those thoughts.

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Z: The Beginning of Everything

Amazon Studios’ Z: The Beginning of Everything wants to be an insightful biopic series of the most famous couple of the roaring twenties. Instead, it betrays how little our culture has learned from the era.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

“Look away, look away.  This show will wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day.  Every single episode is nothing but dismay.”

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Books

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Bone Gap and True Beauty

Laura Ruby’s novel Bone Gap is a compelling and thrilling portrait of Midwestern America, and a fascinating mixture of mystery and magical realism. But even more to the point, it has very real characters that portray very real truths about beauty, love, and desire.

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That Hideous Strength: Bad Philosophy Answered

Having visited both Mars and Venus, Dr. Ransom’s battle with evil spirits now turns to Tellus – that is, Earth.

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Will the Real Faramir Please Stand Up?

This isn’t really a movie or book review as much as it is a character analysis. However, we’re not just putting one character under the microscope – we’ll be examining two.

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Comics

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Hulk (2016) #1

Comic books aren’t always shallow.  In the case of Hulk, Christians have a great deal to learn about how we approach emotional trauma and Christians that struggle with it.

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Attack on Titan: Vol. 4

The terrifying nature of mankind’s struggle has been well defined by the first three volumes of Attack on Titan.  Now, the story takes a step back to look at the training they’ve all gone through, which unfortunately costs the narrative a good deal of momentum.

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Nimona: A Delightful and Troublesome Fantasy Parody

Nimona is unlike almost any other graphic novel you’ve ever read.  Irreverent yet heartfelt, comical throughout yet serious at points, the graphic novel is a marvelous amalgamation of fantasy, black comedy, and wit.  It also happens to be a shame that a large piece of the book’s ultimate thematic elements become a wholehearted endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle.

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Video Games

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Skyrim: The Ethics of Player Choice in Open World RPG

From “Arrow in the Knee” memes to sidequest distractions, Skyrim has created a gaming subculture that is all its own.  For better or for worse, the game (and the Elder Scrolls series) has had an impact on the culture.  But which is it?

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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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