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Men and cars

Movie | Ford v. Ferrari is a refreshing, perhaps-unwitting rallying cry for masculinity
by Megan Basham
Posted 12/05/19, 04:51 pm

On its surface, Ford v. Ferrari is about making American cars great again. But look underneath the hood and you’ll see this ripped-from-history story is really about making men great again. Or, better stated, cheering what masculinity is at its best.

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Men of the church

Movie | The Two Popes portrays a friendly rivalry between Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 11/21/19, 11:16 am

Until Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy in 2013, there had not been more than one living pope in 500 years. Why did Benedict step down? And what of the relationship between Benedict and Jorge Bergoglio, the man who became Pope Francis?

The answers offered to these questions in The Two Popes, a new Netflix drama, prove to be merely speculative. But as a parable about finding common ground amid warring beliefs, the film succeeds.

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Magic on ice

Movie | Funny Frozen II flirts with vague animism but offers some positive messages
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/21/19, 11:13 am

If you’re a parent of children under 10, you might be dreading it or looking forward to it, but there’ll be no avoiding it. Six years after it blew the doors off the box office, Frozen is back.

The good: The sequel is gorgeous and funnier than its predecessor and has enough positive messages to outweigh the negative. The bad: It’s 20 minutes longer than it needs to be, the plot is a magical muddle, and there’s not a song in it that can hold a candle to “Let It Go.”

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