Emily Whitten

Emily reviews books and movies for WORLD and is a contributor at RedeemedReader.com. She homeschools her two children and sees books through the eyes of a mother.

Disney

Maleficent isn't half bad

Movie | This retelling of Sleeping Beauty offers themes of self-sacrifice and redemption, albeit in a dark, overtly feminist plot
by Emily Whitten
Posted 5/30/14, 01:08 pm

While on a trip recently, my eight-year-old daughter noticed a poster for Maleficent, Disney’s latest offering in the tilted fairy-tale genre. Immediately, she sputtered, “How can there be a movie about Maleficent? Isn’t … isn’t she bad?” And as turns out, that’s exactly the question at the center of this retelling of Sleeping Beauty

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The Fault in Our Stars

Movie
by Emily Whitten
Posted 5/30/14, 01:00 am

When Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) looks up at the stars, she doesn’t see the promise of God as Abraham did. As a 16-year-old dying of cancer who doesn’t believe in heaven, she sees an impersonal universe headed toward oblivion. Yet, living inside that bleak canvas, struggling with depression and “side effects of dying” such as lungs that barely work, she meets a boy named Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). Her relationship with Gus wakes her up to joy and the possibility that his love could make her life “OK” in the best sense of the word.

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Notable Books

Books | Four recent novels from Christian publishers
by Emily Whitten
Posted 5/02/14, 01:00 am

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