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Edge of Tomorrow: a movie review

'Tom Cruise, in a scene from the new Warner Brothers movie Edge of Tomorrow, as Major William Cage reawakening at Heathrow airport after a reset (Credit: Warner Brothers)Variety calls Edge of Tomorrow "a cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller."  Directed by Doug Liman (made famous by his 2002 The Bourne Identity), the film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, with Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson in supporting roles.

Without giving away too much of the plot, I can tell you that an alien species called Mimics have invaded Earth.  They are controlled by a single entity called the Omega, which possesses the ability to reset time.  As a result, it knows everything that has happened and can repeat days to its advantage, making it an unbeatable adversary.

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View from the Top: a book review

'View From the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World' by Michael Lindsay (Credit: Wiley Publishing) "Never before has confidence in society's leaders been so low, and the challenges we face so great."  So states Michael Lindsay, author of View from the Top: An inside look at how people in power see and shape the world.  How, then, are leaders to succeed in today's conflicted culture?

Dr. Lindsay, Ph.D., is president of Gordon College in suburban Boston and my dear friend.  He is one of the most brilliant men I've ever known—a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University with graduate degrees in theology from Princeton and Oxford and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton.  His previous book, Faith in the Halls of Power, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  His work has been profiled by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and Fox News Channel.

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Irreplaceable the movie by Focus on the Family

A scene from Irreplaceable, a movie from Focus on the Family, where director and narrator Tim Sisarich, is standing on a beach Last night I watched the encore presentation of Focus on the Family's film Irreplaceable at a theater in Dallas.  The movie was released in theaters for a one night showing on May 6.  I missed this date, because at that moment, I was arriving in Israel. Thankfully, due to its initial success, a second opportunity was created to see the family-focused film nation-wide.  

My expectations were not high.  I have often left Christian produced films disappointed.  The documentary begins by introducing Tim, a husband, father of five, New Zealander and Focus on the Family employee who sets out to discover why families, the central building blocks of society, are crumbling and what he can do to fix it.  Tim starts his international journey to interview experts to support Focus on the Family's premise that "If we devalue sexuality, we devalue marriage. If we devalue marriage, we devalue parenting. If we devalue parenting, we devalue children. If we devalue children..."

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Janet's Blog

  • If Jesus stood on the border

    If Jesus stood on the border One of the things I love the most about Jesus is that he was constantly in trouble.  He woke up every day and made people angry.  The church leaders called him a troublemaker and a heretic.  Some called him a[…]


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