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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the long-awaited final book in the Harry Potter series. While at times the plot reads like the instructions to a hypothetical board game (use your sacred House object to destroy each Horcrux, then go to the Forbidden Forest and encounter Voldemort to win the game), Deathly Hallows is a fitting culmination to the ...

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A new hope or a spiritual decline

A new hope or a spiritual decline

If Star Wars is a significant spiritual and cultural text for our modern world, what does that say about our dependency on pubescent fantasy to make sense of things (including Christianity)? Ben Rogers argues that the popular science-fiction series is perfectly acceptable for young people but is hardly the stuff of serious contemplation for anyone beyond teenage-dom. Unless you’ve been ...

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When script meets scripture

Easter in the words of the Hollywood sign. Graphic: Holly Jewell

Blatantly biblical or subtly current—Easter themes of sacrificial love, redemption and resurrection are being told and retold in modern cinema. Ashley Thompson explores. Undertones, analogies and parables—not all Biblical retellings of the Easter story are as obvious as The Passion of the Christ (2004) or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). In fact, if evangelism is the goal, ...

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Kids picture the future

Ten years from now… Caleb Patch of Year seven believes graffiti art and skating will become a more popular and accepted culture. Flynn Winterton of Prep pictured himself flying a kite. And Chris Beasley, Year nine, sees the destruction of our natural environment as a major issue. These were some of the many thought provoking ideas that emerged from the ...

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Heroes and Villains

Darton Longman and ToddRRP $34.95 In his book Heroes and Villains Mike Alsford takes the reader through a kaleidoscopic post-modern journey skipping across rapid snippets of the pop culture comic book, TV and film heroes and villains. As an afficionado of Sci Fi and pop culture, I was drawn to this short book. Anyone who seriously tries to deal with ...

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose

[M (15+)-rated] I don’t find horror films easy to watch, even ‘art-house’ ones like "The Exorcism of Emily Rose".  But this film did find its way under my skin; which, I gather, was one of the aims of the Christian director, Scott Derrickson.  "Emily Rose" is based on the story of Anneliese Michel, a German woman who submitted to her ...

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