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Agents with an agenda

Movie | Inappropriate content and progressive messaging overshadow children’s movie Spies in Disguise
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/30/19, 12:53 pm

Among movies targeting younger audiences, Spies in Disguise doesn’t stand out. Sure, it’s action-packed like Despicable Me, but not half as clever or funny. The new animated film does succeed in reinforcing the modern reorientation of gender roles. Viewers won’t need a secret decoder ring to decipher the film’s message: Boy power is all hugs and glitter.

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Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Force of nostalgia

Movie | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trades too much on old conflict and characters
by Megan Basham
Posted 12/20/19, 05:08 pm

Confronting fear, as Luke Skywalker tells his young protégée Rey (Daisy Ridley), may be the destiny of a Jedi, but breaking bad news to fans is the destiny of a movie reviewer. Sadly, I’m here to fulfill my destiny. 

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Studio Babelsberg

Act of conscience

Movie | A Christian farmer stands up to Nazis in spiritually rich film A Hidden Life
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/16/19, 03:25 pm

Franz and Fani Jägerstätter delighted in each other. Their marriage was as full of light and life as their native Austria’s stunning landscape and as steadfast as the mountain towering over their valley village. Christian faith formed the bedrock of their commitment to each other, their three young daughters, and the daily tilling of soil on their small farm. Their life together was simple and sweet. What would make Franz willing to forsake it all?

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