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Online advertisers market more directly to kids than TV ever could

Online advertisers market more directly to kids than TV ever could

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The federal government, having observed shameless efforts by mass-media marketers to use children to separate parents from their money, has had to step in repeatedly over the past 40-plus years with laws and regulations to stop this kind of exploitation.

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With new Nintendo game system, you may rather wait than switch

With new Nintendo game system, you may rather wait than switch

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The hype about the new Nintendo Switch gaming system has been building for months, and the company marketing it is the most family-friendly in the industry.

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Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

| March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread — an emotion skillfully conveyed from the characters to the audience — “Kong: Skull Island” (Warner Bros.) is an impressive monster movie.

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Hollywood actor brings high-energy, Scripture-based performance to Iowa

Hollywood actor brings high-energy, Scripture-based performance to Iowa

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Hollywood actor used his talents as a classically trained musician to present a high-energy and dramatic scriptural interpretation in the Diocese of Sioux City.

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Fasting: Lent’s spiritual practice creates space for prayer

Fasting: Lent’s spiritual practice creates space for prayer

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is no getting around fasting during Lent.

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Before I Fall

Before I Fall

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sound values underlie the conversion story “Before I Fall” (Open Road). But the path toward its positive conclusion takes twists and turns that will give the parents of targeted teens pause in considering whether their kids should travel it.

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The Shack

The Shack

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The Shack” (Summit), director Stuart Hazeldine’s screen version of William Paul Young’s best-selling novel, represents a serious effort to tackle the problem of evil from a Christian perspective. As such, it will be welcomed by believers.

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Insightful look at ‘radicals’ shows link between faith, social action

Insightful look at ‘radicals’ shows link between faith, social action

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today as racism, sexism and electoral politics divide millions of Americans, the distinguished religious scholar Albert J. Raboteau offers moving accounts of seven 20th-century activists whose commitment to social justice is exemplary.

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Rock Dog

Rock Dog

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

“You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog,” Elvis Presley famously crooned six decades ago. That pretty well describes “Rock Dog” (Summit Premiere), a feeble animated comedy about a canine with unlikely musical aspirations.

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Get Out

Get Out

| February 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Is the thriller “Get Out” as good as all get out? Well, not exactly.

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