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Think Christian: Responding to God’s Call in The Black Phone

In The Black Phone’s third act, a little girl named Gwen (Madeleine McGraw) leaps out of bed and rushes toward her dollhouse. Opening it, she pulls out several pieces of Christian iconography, including a rosary, an ichthus with the word “Jesus” written inside, and a cross. Falling to her knees, she clutches the cross and …

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Think Christian: The Northman’s Corpse God

With its images of loincloth-clad warriors leaving carcasses in their wake, The Northman is a full-bodied affair. The movie’s approach to bodies can be seen in one of its earliest moments, in which Heimir The Fool (Willem Dafoe) welcomes two visitors into his cave. His muscles illuminated by flames, Heimer drops bowls of broth and fish before …

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Stressed is the Peacemaker

A kick-drum roll and a sing-along shout—that’s how every episode of HBO Max’s Peacemaker begins.  Set to the aspirational anthem “Do Ya Wanna Taste It” by Norwegian metal band Wig Wam, the opening credits of each episode feature the cast performing an elaborately choreographed dance number. Dressed in costume—from schlubby street clothes to the blue-and-black tactical gear of antihero …

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SpongeBob as Holy Fool

After much anticipation and Internet consternation, a hotly debated movie finally arrived last month. Despite disappointment with the super-heroics in the franchise\’s previous entry, fans signed up in droves for the new streaming service that promised all-new adventures of the characters they loved. And these fans were not disappointed. The film offers an epic tale …

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