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Relational Leadership: a review

'Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Influence and Service By: Walter C. Wright (Credit: Biblica)Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing is considered by many to be one of his finest comedies. His comedic wit beautifully melds with his poignant meditations on honor and shame in this classic. In one exchange, Claudio, who is convinced his beloved Hero has been unfaithful, notes, "Friendship is constant in all things, Save in the office and affairs of love." Claudio found the steadfastness of friendship to waver when it came to the workplace and to the heart. Relations between friends may be unreliable in the office, but that does not mean they should be forsaken, according to Walter Wright.

In his book Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Influence and Service, White writes out his thoughts and draws from his previous experiences with leadership in order to stimulate the reader to think about leadership and empower readers to invest in the people they are leading. He tackles the often nebulously defined concept of leadership as "a relationship— a relationship in which one person seeks to influence the thoughts, behaviors, beliefs or values of another person."

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The Good Dinosaur: a movie review

'Arlo, the youngest of an Apatosaurus family, voiced by Raymond Ochoa, looks on with concern at Spot, a human caveboy that Arlo befriends, voiced by Jack Bright, while Spot growls in the lastest Disney-Pixar movie The Good Dinosaur (Credit: Disney/Pixar via Youtube)Disney Pixar's newest offering, The Good Dinosaur, faces a difficult task from the start as it will inevitably be compared to the company's last movie, Inside Out, which has been hailed as one of the better animated films in many years. On top of those insurmountable comparisons, the film had to go through several re-writes that saw many of its original voice-cast replaced before the final version. Despite those trials, it is still an enjoyable family film that, in typical Pixar fashion, makes the audience laugh one minute and fight back a few tears the next.

The Good Dinosaur is set in a world where the asteroid believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs narrowly missed the planet. Instead, they were given the chance to continue evolving and, by the time the action picks back up a few million years later, we find a family of apatosarus (think brontosaurus but a bit smaller) clearing land for their farm. The film centers on the story of Arlo, the runt of the family, who wants so desperately to make his mark by contributing something of value. His mother and father assure him that his time will come and that he has the potential to do great things, but he is constantly constrained by the limitations of his own self-doubt and fear.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2: a movie review

The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 2 movie poster with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen (Credit: The Hunger Games/Lionsgate Pictures) The final installment in The Hunger Games franchise was released in theaters on Friday. It's the fourth film in the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins's book series and offers a fitting conclusion to the journey that began back in 2012. It picks up where Mockingjay – Part 1 left off and if you haven't seen the previous films, I would recommend doing so before seeing the finale. While it's possible to gain a basic understanding of what occurred in the previous stories simply from watching Part 2, the experience will be far more enjoyable if you're not trying to play catchup.

As far as the movie itself, it is a good bit darker than the previous films which seems fitting given that the majority of the movie revolves around the final battle that the series has been building towards from the start. The rebel forces are ready to launch their assault on the capitol and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is stuck between her desire to fight and her orders to stay behind and continue to serve as the figurehead of the revolution. Those orchestrating the rebellion appear wary of losing her in battle, though their true reasons for wanting her to remain behind are perhaps a bit less straightforward than they initially appear.

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'Spectre': a movie review

007 James Bond in newest fil 'Spectre (Credit: Columbia Pictures) Spectre, the twenty-fourth movie adaptation of Ian Fleming's James Bond (there was a twenty-fifth that is thankfully not considered part of the official series), was released in American theaters on Friday after spending a week generating headlines and raking in revenue overseas. It opens with a traditionally exciting and exceptionally well-filmed sequence during Mexico City's Day of the Dead parade. We find James running through crowds and across rooftops on his way to foil a terrorist plot and uncover information on the shadowy organization he has pursued since 2006's franchise reboot Casino Royale.

From there the film proceeds in the same fashion as recent iterations with Bond going rogue-agent in order to do what's necessary despite the objections and orders of those nominally in charge. The entertaining journey is full of beautiful scenes, captivating action sequences, and homages to the previous films. In fact, those allusions to the franchise's history feel, at times, like the primary goal of the film and often come at the expense of crafting a more coherent plot. While they are likely to provide great enjoyment for fans of the older films (guilty), they leave Spectre feeling a bit incomplete and jumbled.

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Does the end justify the means? 'Steve Jobs': a review

Steve Jobs - Official Trailer: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in a scene from the lastest biopic on Apple founder Steve Jobs from Universal Pictures (Credit: Universal Pictures via Youtube)If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? Or is the dramatic, crashing of the tree muted because it lacks witnesses? Is a film only as good as the number of people who flock to theaters to watch it? Or is the deafening silence inside the theatre speaking a louder word than the bloated budget that it took to make the film?

The highly anticipated film "Steve Jobs" released this weekend to a lack of fanfare but a choir of critical acclaim. Debuting with a meager $7.3 million opening weekend box office total, this was only a little more than the 2013 Jobs, which took in $6.7 million on opening weekend. This newest biographical rendition cost $30 million to make and needs $120 million in box office receipts in order to break even. Studio executives were left pondering internally and spinning externally the dismal results of this newest film centering on Steve Jobs.

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