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No cape necessary

Movie | Harriet depicts a brave American freedom fighter and Christian
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/01/19, 11:19 am

Nothing is more satisfying than a good superhero origin story. And the tale of how the slave Araminta “Minty” Ross became American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman is more than a welcome change of pace from fictional caped crusaders. 

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Congress silent on ratings reform

Entertainment | Lawmakers have yet to act on months-old warnings about TV oversight
by Mary Jackson
Posted 10/25/19, 03:36 pm

Decades ago, when movie critic Nell Minow was raising her children, she limited their screen time to Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and they only watched TV in the living room.

“It was much easier for me to control,” said Minow, whose readers know her as The Movie Mom.

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Mark Joseph

Speakers beware?

Documentary | No Safe Spaces is a freewheeling primer on the assaults on free speech
by Megan Basham
Posted 10/24/19, 01:47 pm

The roll out of No Safe Spaces, Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla’s documentary about assaults on free speech, seems to underscore the movie’s point. First Facebook refused to carry ads for the film. Then the MPAA insisted on giving it a PG-13 rating instead of PG. The reason? It shows footage of a protester punching a conservative student in the face for passing out tracts. And because of a brief tongue-in-cheek cartoon showing the First Amendment being shot. 

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