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‘Unplanned’ sees weekend success, beats Captain Marvel in per-screen revenue

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The pro-life move Unplanned had unplanned success at the box office over the weekend. The results come even after the best efforts of some to keep movie goers from learning about it. ...

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New film ‘Breakthrough’ leads April’s family-friendly spotlight

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Labeling a film “the best faith-based movie” you’ve seen doesn’t always help. On one hand, some skeptics of faith films might pay attention and watch it. On the other hand, skeptics also ...

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“Unplanned’ is an R-rated movie everyone should see

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Unplanned, out in theaters this week, is the R-rated movie everyone needs to see, including teenagers. I know, I know. R-rated is bad. Really bad. So why do I think everyone should ...

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K-Love bans ‘Unplanned’ movie promotion

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The popular behemoth Christian music network K-Love isn’t feeling the love from fans. Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director whose life is the basis of the new movie “Unplanned,” is ...

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‘Unplanned’ movie directors share conviction for the unborn

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Following on the success of the God’s Not Dead series, these two film producers hope Unplanned will also start a discussion on a contemporary topic. Filmmakers Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman are no ...

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REVIEW: ‘Captain Marvel’ is different, and that’s good

My seven-year-old daughter won’t get to watch the newest superhero movie, Captain Marvel. There’s too much violence. And a bit too much language. It deserves its PG-13 rating. But that doesn’t mean ...

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‘Arctic’ is the best survival movie of all time

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“Squeeze,” he tells her. That’s one of the only ways the man can communicate with this badly injured woman and make sure she’s still alive in the movie “Arctic”. He wraps her small ...

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March movie reviews show changes in world gone by

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Sometimes, it’s helpful to look back at our ancestors’ world and consider how times have changed. It can spark a sense of gratitude for our many blessings. It also can cause us ...

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Barack Obama comes out against pop culture, rap

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Famous for inviting to the White House misogynist rap artists who mix lyrics of drugs, one-night stands and violence, Barack Obama is now slamming pop culture for espousing bad values on young ...

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‘Run the Race’ marks Tim Tebow’s debut as film producer

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Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback now readying for his fourth season as a minor-league baseball player, knows that being a good Christian doesn’t solve everything. Even watching ...

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Keith the Critic ranks the movies of 2018, promotes local Movie Festival

Keith Van Sickle is known in the Topeka/Lawrence/Kansas City area as Keith the Critic, local movie reviewer. He is also the force behind Slash ‘n Bash Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival every year in ...

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Kansas City upbringing: From books to movies and back again

When I was growing up in the 1970s in Kansas City (sometimes called “the buckle of the Bible belt”) my father, a Baptist minister, did not allow our family to go to ...

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February Top 5: ‘Run the Race’ stands out among sports movies

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Sports movies are never just about sports. In fact, the best ones present so many lessons about life and eternity that even non-sports fans will enjoy them. Such is the case with ...

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Netflix raising prices in biggest increase ever

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Enjoy Netflix? It’s gonna cost you more. The streaming giant is increasing prices for customer anywhere from 13 percent to 18 percent. It will be the biggest jump in prices since the ...

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Shirley Boone dies, Pat says ‘change of address’

Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone, dedicated Christian as well as a philanthropist, has died. She was 84. She passed away on Jan. 11, surrounded by her four daughters, ...

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Hulu’s new kid-friendly content tops family-friendly spotlight

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A 2018 poll showed that nearly 60 percent of Americans watch streaming television, and most of them have Netflix. But Netflix’s dominance over streaming television could be changing soon. Disney will launch ...

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‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ leads January streaming

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January streaming options include many family films and a surprising series. My children aren’t allowed to watch horror movies. Or scary movies. Or anything that might possibly give them nightmares. I have ...

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The 10 best family-friendly films of 2018

Let’s face it: It can be difficult to find films that the whole family can watch. Thankfully, though, there were quite a few family-friendly films released in theaters in 2018. Here are ...

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Mary Poppins Returns stays true to innocence of the original

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Disney’s latest reboot of the beloved classic Mary Poppins, brims with positive themes that can be seen in the lives of the characters and the songs they sing. Those themes include hope, ...

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Why did Christian film ‘The Reliant’ get an R rating?

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Christian movie insiders are questioning the actions of the Motion Picture Association of America after it gave Christian film “The Reliant,” starring Kevin Sorbo and other Christian celebrities, an R rating. Strangely, ...

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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ explores complicated Vincent van Gogh

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He had come to Arles to get away from the fog and colorless gray of Paris. But when Vincent van Gogh first arrives, it seems little better. Wind buffets the window, rattling ...

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5 family-friendly shows for December

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The commercialization of Christmas started in the early 1900s, grew out of control by the middle of the century, and has gotten only worse each decade since. Christmas now starts in October, ...

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Our favorite Thanksgiving movies

Can’t move from all the turkey and pumpkin pie? Sit back and enjoy one of our favorite Thanksgiving-themed movies. Available on streaming services like Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime, broadcast on cable ...

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‘The Grinch’ reflects on true meaning of Christmas

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The frozen wind whips, the snow seeps with wet trickles into his garishly green furry ankles, and the Grinch sucks his teeth in frustration on his icy mountain perch. They think their ...

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4 Bible films top this month’s family-friendly spotlight

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In our monthly series, “5 Family-Friendly Things,” we continue to spotlight five family-friendly entertainment choices on film, DVDs, streaming or television. Here’s our spotlight for November. Bible movies are a favorite in ...

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