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A Shooter Fit for This Moment

 

Shooter had a rough start. The television show starring Ryan Phillippe as the former marine Bob Lee Swagger was slated to premiere a year ago. Just then, partygoers in Orlando and police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were killed in cold blood. While the perpetrators of those shootings were the sort of cowards whom […]

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How to Solve the Problem of David Brooks

 

What can be said about a snobby man who alienates the riffraff worried that other people’s snobbiness is alienating the riffraff? David Brooks stumbled around in an article yesterday talking about social capital and how it’s wielded to keep those of the lower classes alienated from those of the upper classes. His article was a […]

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Spiderman: Return of the Popcorn Movie

 

Everything is so dour. By everything, I mean our entertainment. Overwrought, over-thinking, cynical and determined to have a “realistic” ending and that means, always, a bad ending, Hollywood is dark. The guy doesn’t get the girl. The important person dies. There’s no redemption to be found. Spiderman does not follow that formula. Spiderman is a […]

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The All-Star Break Blues

 

Speaking of the All-Star break, it’s time for that annual interruption of the everydayness of real baseball for an exhibition game where 50 or so talented and criminally overpaid jocks try for nine innings not to get injured in a pointless exercise. I always thought that the best thing in From Here to Eternity was […]

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A Spidey to Save the Day — and the Franchise

 

We now have more than enough big superhero movies to put together a list of must-haves. A good Marvel or DC franchise must have mind-blowing special effects, a confident director, careful casting, an excellent stunt team, and very good screenwriters. It also needs to be witty and self-deprecating. The latter qualities might be key. Anyone […]

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Church, Family, Millennials, and the Success Sequence

 

When people get educated, get a job, get married, and then have babies, and in that order, their lives go dramatically better. George Will wrote yesterday about the “Success Sequence.” Look at what happens when young people follow this route: A comparably stunning 55 percent of this age cohort have had children before marriage. Only […]

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Summer Is the Perfect Time to Practice Parent-Centered Education

 

In most parts of the United States, “School’s out for summer!” Commercials on television and radio have started advertising waterparks and other nearby amusements, repeating promises for “keeping your kids from getting bored this summer.” And while outdoor physical activity is important, the summer recess is the perfect time to dive head-first into parent-centric education. […]

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A Game for Two Players

 

The word “unprecedented” keeps coming up when discussion turns to our president. He likes it that way: scandalizing the “fake press,” horrifying the high-minded among us — such as remain; giving vast swaths of political opinion, far from all of it “liberal,” the swoons and the vapors. Can you see Cal Coolidge ridiculing, say, Rudy […]

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A Wild Ride, Please Hold the Special Effects

 

Like millions of film and car fans, I love movies with the words fast and furious in the title. The motorcycles, cars, and submarines are fast; the humor (Dwayne Johnson!) is silly. Realistic the Furious franchise is not. Watching The Fate of the Furious earlier this year we were bearing witness to one huge special […]

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A Muslim Guy Who Just Wants to Get the Girl

 

In the excellent “The Big Sick” Kumail Nanjiani tells an immigrant’s love story. His faith stays where it belongs: in the personal, not the public space.

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