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On Fairytales: Delighting in the Grace of ‘Beauty and the Beast’


 

The tale is as old as time, but there are ample reasons to delight in the live-action reboot.

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The Best Films of 2016 Will Break Your Heart and Stir Your Soul


 

There was also dancing. Lots of dancing. And the Academy knows it.


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Chasing Down Justice, Mercy and Good Samaritans in ‘Fantastic Beasts’


 


Spoiler Alert: Stephanie Carney did her best to not spoil any major elements, but we cannot guarantee all major plot points are protected.


As the credits began to roll at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my husband and I looked at each other and said, “I really liked that movie.” At first, we couldn't quite put into words why (it was more than the comfy reclining seats and the XD surround sound that was making my husband a bit giddy). I realize there are many opinions on the “magic” movie genre in general—I understand and I respect these views. But for me, there are three-ish reasons why I love Fantastic Beasts.

The value of understanding the world and culture you live in cannot be underestimated. Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), a British wizard visiting New York City is also a magizoologist, an expert in magical creatures. He strives to understand magical creatures for their own good but also to educate the magical community so that these creatures won't be killed senselessly out of fear. When his creatures escape, he says: “We're going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They're currently in alien terrain surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet—humans.”

Later, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (Carmen Ejogo), shares this: “Magical beasts are terrorizing no-majs [non-magic people], and when no-majs are afraid, they attack.” I realize we're talking about magical creatures and fantastical people, but these lines resonated with me. Sometimes, we just don't bother to understand people.

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It's the Theology of 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!'


 


Editor’s note: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! turned 50 on October 27. We have a deep appreciation for Charlie Brown around these parts, and Mr. Sides has been writing about the theology of Charles Schulz’s Halloween animated special all month in our weekly Summitviewer emails. This post is a compilation of his thoughts from those emails, with a couple extra pieces of candy just for fun.

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Esther: A New Series about Providence, Power and Peace


 


Here we are in another election year. We sense the polarization and change this country is undergoing and are often gripped with fear, helplessness and hopelessness. We wonder: Where are we as a country going? Will this end well for us?

We have our own local issues, as well, such as single-payer healthcare, working wages and assisting the terminally ill. How do you step thoughtfully into the political arena? How do you engage in any of these issues with confidence, clarity and conviction? What if “my” side doesn’t win? Can you just stick your head in the sand and hope it all goes away?

Thankfully, the Bible has spoken.

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