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The Galactic Gazette: Star Wars News at HJ
Focus on the Force: Star Wars Commentary and Analysis at HJ
The Pipeline: What's In Store for Faith and Film
Film Festival Roundup
HJ's iON Comic-Con
Bagshot Row Bulletin: News of the film, commentary about the book
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Two Parts, Smart Move
Love Is Worth the Risk

I’m generally pretty cynical about the whole concept of splitting books into multiple movies, but with Mockingjay, not only was it absolutely the right move, but it may help the weakest book become the best movie.

The Invisible Front
Fighting for Freedom
Lithuanian resistance during the Cold War

What makes the story important for Lithuanians today is not that the fighters succeeded in their efforts to establish freedom, but that when the Soviet Union finally disintegrated and Lithuania did become independent, they looked back at those who made sacrifices in pursuit of freedom as examples to build their identity as Lithuanians.

Happy Valley
Sorrow and Anger in Happy Valley
The Penn State child molestation scandal

A similar set of scenes involves a statue of Joe Paterno on campus. Some want the statue removed. Others want to pose by it. Then there is one man who makes a silent, mostly passive protest, holding a sign. The vehemence with which people respond to him is an indicator of how deeply the controversy is suffused by emotions.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Iranian Vampire Western?
Maybe this is a cult classic in the making

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night bills itself as the “first Iranian vampire western”. In the words of director Ana Lily Amirpour, “It’s like Sergio Leone and David Lynch had an Iranian rock ‘n’ roll baby, and then Nosferatu came and babysat [for] them.” That alone will convince some that it absolutely has to be seen and others that it must be avoided like the plague.

Little Hope Was Arson
What Does Forgiveness Look Like?
Documentary Follows Real-Life Church Arson Investigation

This is an intense film, whether you’re a Christian or not, because it challenges us to consider how love and forgiveness are manifested, what causes us to lose our way from what we know is right, and ultimately, how we can change when our lives have sunk that low. Watch and consider your own life: Do you forgive? Can you?

Dogs Of War
All New Episode On A&E This Sunday
10 Pm ET/PT featuring Stephanie, a 25 Year Old Wife, Mom and Veteran

PTSD brings this wife, mother, and veteran face-to-face with moments in which she “just wants to be gone.”

The Virtual Pew
A Christmas Story
What Would Jesus Do?

Detective Hay started to explain, “In some rare cases of restitution, at the request of the victim, the judge will allow the perpetrator to work for the victim, sometimes even as a substitute to spending time in jail. If requested and approved, it would be possible to have him pay you back for the items he stole, pus that could be considered time served.

Louis Zamperini's Life Story Comes To The Big Screen
Opens Christmas Day

Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini .

The Beats Journal 11/18/14
Brooke Fraser, The Digital Age
What's new this week...

A former Hillsong worship leader’s new solo album, and David Crowder’s former band release a worship EP, all on this week’s Beats Journal.

DVD Roundup 11/18/14
Into the Storm, Reclaim

A couple of movies for your consideration make home viewing less spectacular this week.

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In
Live With Cynthia Zamperini-Garris
Unbroken Hero's Daughter Dishes On Faith, Forgiveness, & Her Famous Father

What would you do if you were lost at sea? Imprisoned and beaten in an enemy war prison? Losing the love of your life because of your own addiction and anger? In 1949, Louie Zamperini heard Billy Graham preach, and it put all of those experiences in a different perspective.

Dumb and Dumber To
Some Things Never Change
It's Good to Have Friends

It’s easy to say that good sequel should really just be more of the same, and yet, that never really seems to satisfy, does it? After watching Dumb and Dumber To, I realized that there are some things that never change, even though it would probably be better if they did; even a little.

AFI Fest 2014
That's a Wrap
Favorites and award winners

AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi has come to an end. Of course no one can see all the films that play during that week. But I was able to see a number of films and have some favorites among them.

AFI Fest 2014
Day 7 at the Festival
Stories of mothers

For the final day at AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi, I took in two films dealing with mothers facing difficult trials.

Merchants of Doubt
Discrediting the Discreditors
Exposing climate change deniers

This film will primarily be preaching to the choir. We may watch it and bemoan that so many people are so uncritical of the arguments being made. But perhaps it will help form the debate in new ways to address the issue in a more productive way.

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The Hobbit... Whole: Movie and Book
Bagshot Row Bulletin: News of the film, commentary about the book
Hobbit Commentary
The Galactic Gazette: Star Wars News at HJ
Focus on the Force: Star Wars Commentary and Analysis at HJ
Narnia News, with Mark Sommer
Narnia Features
Hogwarts Expressions
The Lord of the Rings, with Greg Wright
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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From the Top
eMPULSE: What's Hot In Electronic Media
Video Reviews
charActor studies
Sound Off
WWTD: What Would Tebow Do?
The Guide: Video Reviews of Hot Games at HJ
Church at Louie's
KJV@400: Not Just Any Old Book
Pokemon White: Catch 'Em All
Madden NFL Playoff Sims
The LOST Lockup: Archives
The Lost Library
Get Cupped Up: World Cup Coverage at HJ
Fan of the Flame
12 Days of Christmas Music
EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge
Wolverine Spotlight
Galacticana: Melinda Ledman on Battlestar
SteinWatch: News of Ben Stein and Expelled
Tales From The Front Lines: From the set of The Bill Collector
Yo's Animal Crossing Diary
Favre Watch at HJ
The Back Page: The Intersection of Culture and Spirituality
After Eden: Sifting the Gold From the Gutter
Mii Fit: Yo's 30-Day Fitness Challenge
The Blogger Archives
Danger: The Real Missionary Position
The Dark Corner: Philip Pullman at HJ

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