Monthly Archives: May 2014

Maleficent: Man Is Evil (Movie Review)

Angelina Jolie is spectacular as the misunderstood fairy/witch, Maleficent, and the special effects provide some dazzling visuals, but the overall package fails to replace or even compete with the original Walt Disney film Sleeping Beauty (1959). To be fair, the original is … Continue reading

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A Million Ways To Die In The West: UndaunTED McFarlane Goes West

Seth McFarlane is a highly intelligent, clever, and often hilarious comedian, creator, and artist. Sure, he’s also crude, profane, and, at times, socially unacceptable, but if you’ve seen Ted (about Mark Wahlberg’s talking teddy bear friend) or the cartoon Family Guy, you’re aware. … Continue reading

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Ten Words #5: Family Matters

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”–Exodus 20:12 “All stories come back to fathers and sons.” I read the quote somewhere in an exploration of … Continue reading

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@JoeFinder Suspicion: The Slippery Slope (Book Review)

Joseph Finder’s previous ten novels have landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, and credited in two movies (Paranoia, High Crimes). His latest, Suspicion, has the earmarks of a thriller coming to a cineplex near you, as an average Joe … Continue reading

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What Memorial Day Can Teach The Church (A Mustard Seed Musing)

Imagine if today was just about the cookout. The crushed soda cans. The burgers. The football-throwing. Wait, imagine for a second that it’s just about the day off. The opportunity to sleep in. To not get dressed for work or make the … Continue reading

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Blended: Looking For Love (Again) (Movie Review)

The third collaboration of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is laugh out loud funny… as proved by a raucous theater of multigenerational couples today. Having hit well with The Wedding Singer (my favorite Adam Sandler movie*) and 50 First Dates, the couple returns … Continue reading

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X-Men Days Of Future Past: Stumble Into Hope (Movie Review)

The present world of the X-Men (2023) is desolate, and life has been delineated between mutants (and those humans who support them) and the rest of humanity. Giant, adaptable Sentinels (artificial intelligent robots) hunt and destroy all of the mutants … Continue reading

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