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Here be dragons – A review of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

The second film in the trilogy of Hobbit movies requires a little background. It’s probably better if you watched the first film. What’s even better is if you read the book (which I love), but let’s not get bogged down there. The second film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (rated PG-13), continues…

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Time to thaw out – a review of Frozen

When you hurt someone close to you, how far will you go to fix the situation? That’s the challenge faced by Anna in Disney’s latest animated film “Frozen” (rated PG).  Anna and her sister Elsa live in the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa has a gift, or maybe it’s a curse, to freeze whatever she touches.  …

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Is “Catching Fire” family friendly?

The latest installment of “The Hunger Games” called “Catching Fire” (rated PG-13) hits theaters this weekend. WARNING: If you’re trying to read the books first and haven’t finished the first book, slight spoilers will follow! Katniss and Peeta are the winners of the 74th Hunger Games…

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Have we forgotten how to do Thanksgiving?

You have probably seen the pictures since grade school. The first Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims and Indians enjoying a meal together and having a fairly good time. Thanksgiving has increasingly become a holiday we glance over. It has become a wayside rest on the road to Christmas. Historian Robert Tracy McKenzie would encourage…

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Is Google God?

Is Google God? Columnist Thomas Friedman posed this question in The New York Times in June of 2003.  Quoting the vice-president of a Wi-Fi provider, Friedman writes that “Google, combined with Wi-Fi, is a little bit like God.  God is wireless, God is everywhere and God sees and knows everything.  Throughout history, people…

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The Hunters – Movie Review

There’s not a lot that’s family friendly new in theaters this weekend, but there is a family friendly film on tonight that you could watch from your living room.  Wal-Mart, Proctor & Gamble, and Walden Films have worked together to bring the new movie “The Hunters” to the Hallmark Channel, tonight…

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Captain Phillips

4 years ago, the Mersk Alabama attempted to cruise through pirate waters off the coast of Africa unnoticed and failed.  The ship was overtaken by Somali pirates, the crew was captured, and eventually, the captain was taken captive before being rescued by special forces. That true story is the inspiration for the film “Captain…

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Less busyness = better life?

It’s a busy, busy world. The culture is chaotic, your city is bustling, and your life can roll along at a break-neck pace. Sometimes we excuse being so busy. You have to pay the bills, right? Author John Busacker probably agrees, but he also says the mantra ‘busy is better’ is baseless: Busacker has written the…

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Gravity and Grace Unplugged

It’s a double feature during our movie review this week. First up is “Gravity” (PG-13) starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  It follows two astronauts as they try to find a way to safely get back to earthy after parts of a broken satellite collide with and destroy their space station. Bob says this…

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