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Demonizing radical Islam diminishes our own humanity

Sam Chapman January 29, 2015

I'm stealing a bit from my thesis-in-progress to begin making this point. Beloved "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien has often been accused of racism, due to his unfortunate tendency to characterize...

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A surprising maturity in “The Lego Movie”

Nathan Fisher February 13, 2014

Even though my bedroom at home is filled with my years of Lego projects, the trailers for "The Lego Movie" seemed dull and boring. When a couple of buddies and I were searching for a movie to see on...

Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Thor Rescues Woman Who Should Save Herself

Nathan Fisher November 14, 2013

Think about the formula for some of the most successful movies in recent history: a little humor, maybe a touch of violence and throw in a superpower or two and I'm sold. Add in Marvel's magic and...

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Willis Proves it’s Not a Good Day to ‘Die Hard’

Nathan Fisher February 21, 2013

Disclaimer: I am a HUGE "Die Hard" fan, and in my book, Bruce Willis is THE MAN.  Needless to say, for months I've been anticipating Valentine's Day, not for the sugar high or the "love is in the...

'Skyfall' Restores James Bond to Former Glory

‘Skyfall’ Restores James Bond to Former Glory

Nathan Fisher November 15, 2012

This year marks the historic 50-year anniversary of the James Bond franchise (remember Sean Connery in the 1962 classic "Dr. No"?). Not surprisingly, I had no problem convincing six carloads of friends...

Love tries to outshine pools of blood in “Lawless”

Nathan Fisher September 6, 2012

Unfortunately, none of this week's new movie releases excited me. The best of the bad seemed to be "Lawless," a movie that couldn't quite figure out if it wanted to be a gangsta, hillbilly or period...

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