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PluggedIN

Cinema Addict - 1084 Film Ratings

Member Since: Jun 8, 2013

Location: USA

Bio: Plugged In's reviews exist in part because entertainment ratings don't give families enough information to make the best choices. Go To pluggedin.com for full reviews of any movie there is a review listed for.
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60 62% The Journey (2016) - Jan 31, 2018
"Feeling more like a stage play than a movie, The Journey focuses on the imagined interactions between two key players in Northern Ireland's desperately needed peace process. And though this dramatic device can feel a bit small and slow for a big screen presentation, the film nevertheless provides an insightful window into this decades-long struggle."
20 12% True to the Game (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"True to the Game features a handful of redemptive elements: Gena's a good woman who gets seduced by a bad guy who'd like to be good again. Her grandmother is a dignified matriarch of deep faith (though she's not above uttering a crudity or knocking down a drink). And the film--much to its credit--suggests that violent, lawless choices will almost always result in violent, lawless consequences."
70 72% Tim Timmerman, Hope of America (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"But while Harmon may say that Tim Timmerman was "too clean" for secular studios, it's not quite as squeaky clean as that phrase might imply. Kids use drugs here. They swear occasionally, using the word "fetch" as an f-word stand-in. And the odd subplot involving Tim and his lovelorn teacher left me feeling uncomfortable; the post-credit conclusion to that subplot was, to me, wholly inappropriate in an age in which teacher-student dalliances make the news regularly."
90 92% Champion (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"Forgiveness is also shown to be a key component in family relationships. Fathers, even the best of them, make mistakes. As do sons. The only way to experience redemption and reconciliation in those closest of relationships (and those between mothers and daughters, too, though this film doesn't focus on them as much) comes through forgiveness"
90 92% A Question of Faith (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"That straightforward truth is what A Question of Faith sets out to illustrate. With an omniscient storytelling perspective, this movie dramatically shows us that God is aware of all our failing and flailing. He knows the horrible stuff of our lives--such as a child's accidental death, a crippling disease, the corruption of racial bigotry--and He can use it all to transform and reshape us, if we only let go of our consuming thirst for control and trust in Him. That's a message that this film de"
20 12% The Florida Project (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"The Florida Project has been described as a dramedy, and I suppose it is in some ways. It's earned praise and generated awards-season buzz for actresses Bria Vinaite (Halley) and the utterly charming Brooklynn Prince (Moonee). But while the film has some funny moments, I walked out of the theater feeling very, very sad. This movie felt like a tragedy to me: a tiny family slowly drowning--incapable of swimming, unwilling to grab lifelines dangling by the pool."
80 82% The Stray (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"Most families have their share of favorite stories. Like a pair of jeans, a family's lore only seems to get better with time and wear. Naturally, these stories are told and retold: We laugh about them over dinner, cry about them over coffee. We tell them anew to kids and grandkids and close family friends over dusty photo albums or old family movies. But we don't all get a chance, like the real Mitch Davis does, to share our most dramatic stories with complete strangers."
70 72% Let There Be Light (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"Sorbo's Christian films often feature a dramatic crisis that prompts an equally dramatic movement toward faith. Let There Be Light is no exception. Some might say these "come to Jesus" moments are melodramatic in ways that make them hard to believe. But I had a chance to talk with Sorbo, and he talked about how a dramatic life-or-death situation sparked a spiritual "
20 12% Novitiate (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
""So many people settle for a love that doesn't ask anything of them, that they don't have to make any sacrifices for. I don't want that. I want an ideal that I have to give everything to." Those are the first words we hear in Novitiate: provocative, challenging, beautiful. And, the movie ultimately suggests, empty."
40 35% Wonder Wheel (2017) - Jan 31, 2018
"Before she married Humpty, before she became a waitress, before she settled down under the shadow of Coney Island's famous Wonder Wheel, Ginny was an actress. She loved acting. She still has dresses and jewelry from her plays, and she shows them to a weary Richie whenever she can."