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The Quick Take for June 20, 2014

Streaming Picks

If "Hi Wayne" is a phrase often heard in your household, you'll be happy to know that Netflix is now streaming the popular SNL spin-off Wayne's World featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.

Looking for a more family-friendly option? Netflix is also newly streaming Disney's The Great Muppet Caper.

Amazon Prime members can now enjoy the classic detective antics of Inspector Clouseau in The Return of the Pink Panther.

Are you looking forward to the reboot of the Left Behind series starring Nicolas Cage and Chad Michael Murray? In order to prepare for the event, you should watch the original Left Behind: The Movie starring Kirk Cameron, now on Netflix.

Critics Roundup

ABC's newest summer drama Chasing Life revolves around April, a budding young journalist whose life is far too busy to deal with the newly added stress of cancer. Both PluggedIn and the New York Times compared the plot line to the Shailene Woodley vehicle The Fault in Our Stars (check out Brett McCracken's review here.) PluggedIn's Paul Asay begins his review with a little positive feedback regarding the show: "It offers up some very nice messages about family and getting one's priorities right. Quirky though they may be, April's family is loving and supportive." Despite this, Asay deems the content too crude—"while April's motives are in the right place, her titular morals can stray." It seems like TheNew York Times agrees with Asay, but for different reasons. Neil Genzlinger thinks the show's content is a little too predictable and boring. Genzlinger admits, "This show (based on a Mexican series) is an evening soap opera aimed at young people and thus preoccupied with sex, but it would be nice if it were to grow more sophisticated as it goes along."

The Game Show Network recently introduced a new reality show hosted by Natalie Grant. It Takes a Church is a Christian dating show in which a church picks three young men for a woman in their congregation to date. Crosswalk's Christa Banister spoke with the Christian recording-artist host who says they aren't trying to be a Christian Bachelorette. Rather, Grant says, "It is a matchmaking game, and it's fun, but it plays on the premise that if someone spends much time in church, the same well-meaning ladies who will bake you cake will also try and find you a husband." Although Crosswalk's article doesn't put down the show's efforts to reach a Christian audience, The New York Times' Neil Genzlinger does, stating "It's also another development in the continuing, sometimes desperate effort to find something the conservative Christian audience will watch." He even goes so far as to say, "The show is utterly frivolous and is reviewed here only because it's another development in the continuing spectacle that is religion in America."

Movie News

Star Wars fans: in case you're a little behind in the news, it's been reported that the original bad boy Han Solo was injured on set. For more information on Harrison Ford's broken leg and reprisal role in J.J. Abram's Star Wars, read here.

Variety is reporting that a Chelsea Lately talk show is heading to Netflix. The comedian's show is set for a 2016 debut.

The next Bourne film starring Jeremy Renner is being pushed back until July 2016. To find out more about the Justin Lin-directed series, read here.

Community fans should be aware that their beloved Alison Brie is in talks to star in a new comedy. How to Be Single isn't the only film Brie will be showing up in soon. Find out more about the Mad Men star here.

Larisa Kline is a summer intern with Christianity Today Movies and a student at The King's College in New York City.

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