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20 Years On: Why Harry Potter's Story Still Appeals to Us

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Earlier this month, HBO Max released a reunion special to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter films. The event was highly anticipated, with trailers out months ahead of the stream on New Year’s Day.
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International Borders Are Reopening—Should We Start Travelling Again?

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If most of our travels rarely seem to provide the kind of rest and soul restoration we’re looking for, what does it mean to rest or take breaks well?
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Why We're Hooked on Squid Game

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Imagine this: After years of striving and struggling, you’ve found yourself reaching the bottom of the pit. With nowhere to turn to and seemingly no way out of your circumstances, a random stranger offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a truckload of money. All you have to do is participate in a simple series of games. What would you do?
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Why Simone Biles' Decision to Step Down from the Olympics Finals Matters

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One of the biggest stars at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, American gymnast Simone Biles made headlines globally yesterday—but not for the reason everyone was expecting.
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The Glorious Purpose of Truth in Loki

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Free will versus predestination is set up as the show’s main theme, especially as we see Loki, who believes himself to be “burdened with glorious purpose”, reject his pre-determined story and make his own destiny.
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A Father Reflects on a School Tragedy

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I do my best to hug, kiss, and remind my kids that I love them every day. Eventually, there will come a day when it will be the last time that I get to do so. Deaths always feel shocking and unnatural. When it happens to young children, in a place where they are supposed to feel safe, it feels even more confounding and heartbreaking.
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How to Beat That Languishing Feeling

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When 2020 ticked over into 2021, we were hopeful that the new year would be a better one. And for awhile, it did look promising. But alas, the bubble’s popped and the recent news about the outbreak of new COVID strains, worsening cases, and heightened restrictions have made us feel like we’re right back at square one. What can we do to keep ourselves going? Here are some tips to help us beat that languishing feeling.
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Vincenzo: A Sexy But Troubling Take on Justice

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As much as I enjoyed Song Joong-ki's portrayal of the polished mafia consigliere, watching Vincenzo torture his enemies even as they pleaded for him to put a bullet through their heads and spare them of the excruciating pain and misery just didn’t sit right.

Raya and the Last Dragon: It Matters Who You Trust

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I remember stepping out of the cinema with a warm and fuzzy feeling, in full agreement with the show’s themes of forgiveness, grace, and even teamwork (how Raya was eventually able to carry out her mission with the help of a group of companions, in contrast to the beginning when she was ploughing on as a lone wolf). However, as I thought some more about the film’s core message—trusting others will make this world a better place—I wondered if it was a tad too simplistic.