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Past the Popcorn: An Important Story Finally Gets Its Due in <i>Selma</i>

Past the Popcorn: An Important Story Finally Gets Its Due in Selma

by Jeff Walls It is difficult to believe that there has never been a theatrically released movie about Martin Luther King, Jr.  There have been a few versions on television, but none that have debuted... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Why Pete Carroll’s Defensive Vision Matters

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Why Pete Carroll’s Defensive Vision Matters

Expectations are high, and everyone’s paying attention… But every week it seems like there’s some key issue that’s getting glossed over. It’s the elephant in the locker room,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Avoiding and Outwitting in 2015!!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Avoiding and Outwitting in 2015!!!

by Dave Markwell “I understand that inside of me is a guy who wants to lie in bed and smoke weed all day and watch cartoons. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid and outwit that guy.” –... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Colin & Brad: Two Man Group reviewed by Greg Wright What do you get when two stalwarts from the long-running Improv Comedy TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? take to the road for a two-man Improv Comedy... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: An Ode to Lynch’s Legendary Touchdown Run

The Elephant in the Locker Room: An Ode to Lynch’s Legendary Touchdown Run

Expectations are high, and everyone’s paying attention… But every week it seems like there’s some key issue that’s getting glossed over. It’s the elephant in the locker room,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Cumberbatch Stars as Alan Turing in <i>The Imitation Game</i>

Past the Popcorn: Cumberbatch Stars as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

by Jeff Walls The characters in the new movie The Imitation Game are constantly reminding us and each other that “sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Elf reviewed by Greg Wright Once long ago, Ethics Daily culture editor Cliff Vaughn and I were sitting in a movie theatre debating radical goodness. I have long believed that love professed but undemonstrated... [Read more]

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s Christmas Eve services will be Wed. night

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s Christmas Eve services will be Wed. night

Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding two Christmas Eve worship services on Wednesday night, Dec. 24: 7 p.m.: Family-oriented service with special ensemble, hymns & a “Time with... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Putting the Hurt on the Opposing Teams

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Putting the Hurt on the Opposing Teams

Expectations are high, and everyone’s paying attention… But every week it seems like there’s some key issue that’s getting glossed over. It’s the elephant in the locker room,... [Read more]

VIDEO: Watch authentic Napoletana pizza get cooked at Via Marina Ristorante

VIDEO: Watch authentic Napoletana pizza get cooked at Via Marina Ristorante

Advertiser Via Marina Ristorante in Des Moines follows strict adherence to the Vera Pizza Napoletana Association guidelines. This includes using authentic ingredients from Italy, as well as baking the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Merry…Holidays…?

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Merry…Holidays…?

by Dave Markwell While walking through the market the other day, I encountered an acquaintance and, this being the holiday season, I said, “Merry Christmas!!” I was very enthusiastic and sincere in... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies</i>

Past the Popcorn: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Jeff Walls The final chapter of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies is billed as the final film in director Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth film series that included both this trilogy... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The 12 Dates of Christmas reviewed by Greg Wright I first saw Amy Smart in The Butterfly Effect and was blown away by her performance as a young woman traumatized by sexual abuse. With Effect‘s... [Read more]

The Redondo Christmas celebration is back on, will be Wednesday night, Dec. 17

The Redondo Christmas celebration is back on, will be Wednesday night, Dec. 17

Violent windstorms less than two weeks apart delivered a serious blow to the Redondo community’s boardwalk and then apparently forced cancellation of the annual bonfire celebration that coincides with... [Read more]

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Let’s Talk About Injury-Prone Lynch

The Elephant in the Locker Room: Let’s Talk About Injury-Prone Lynch

Expectations are high, and everyone’s paying attention… But every week it seems like there’s some key issue that’s getting glossed over. It’s the elephant in the locker room,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard to Say…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard to Say…

by Dave Markwell The older I get, the more uncertain I have become about many things. Proving this point, I’m not even sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I often find myself perched on the... [Read more]

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s ‘Children’s Christmas Fun Day’ is Saturday

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s ‘Children’s Christmas Fun Day’ is Saturday

Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding ‘Children’s Christmas Fun Day’ this Saturday Dec. 13, and all are invited. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church’s... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Santa lights up Des Moines’ new Christmas Tree at Big Catch Plaza

PHOTOS: Santa lights up Des Moines’ new Christmas Tree at Big Catch Plaza

Photos & Story by Sterling Paris On Friday night (Dec. 5) at Big Catch Plaza, colorful lights lit up all around the Des Moines Christmas Tree to a crowd of around 450 people, the largest... [Read more]