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Incredibles 2: The Heroic Koch Brothers

 

Incredibles 2 is a blast. It’s more grown-up than its predecessor. Characters struggle with their own challenges, but all of our main characters emerge more lovable and their changes are fully positive. The plot is fun, the villain interesting, and the animation superb. There are car chases with impeccable attention to detail and consistency. The […]

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“Ant-Man And The Wasp” A Comedic Respite Amid Infinity War’s Grim Backdrop

 

Last week I had the chance to watch “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which is the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sequel to the 2015 “Ant-Man,” which grossed about $519.3 million worldwide, it again stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym as […]

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Three-Day Weekend for Independence Day? Fuggedaboutit!

 

You can hear workers beginning to grumble about the 4th of July. Oh, to be sure, most are flag-waving patriots who love celebrating our nation’s birthday with red, white, and blue fireworks and cookouts with brats and hot dogs, washed down with large quantities of adult beverages. Still, you can hear the complaints…. since this year […]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Broader Sociocultural Implications For Hollywood

 

The Marvel movies have captured much of the public mind in recent years, scoring tens of billions of dollars at the box office and entertaining a wide array of audiences. However except for the occasional break such as “Deadpool,” as well as their recent cliffhanger and dark turns, they’ve largely followed a “happily-ever-after…till the next […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without These Poker Apps

 

Whether you’re in Las Vegas this summer or any other location with multiple poker rooms — think the Los Angeles area, Biloxi, Atlantic City, etc. — Bravo Poker Live is one of those apps you definitely don’t want to leave the home without. And while Bravo is best for cash game information, you’ll want to […]

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Protecting Free Markets in Songwriting And Entertainment

 

For half a century, antitrust agreements in Hollywood and much of the rest of the entertainment and music industry have protected consumers by ensuring a free, competitive marketplace in the particularly constrictive movie and music sectors. Primarily enacted in the 1940s to clean up the “Big Five” movie studios’ predatory businesses practices and the two largest […]

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In Search of Christopher Nolan

 

One of the cardinal errors of conservative political discourse is the recruitment of pop culture icons as what Marxists like to call “culture capital” for the conservative cause.  It is not uncommon to see attempts by conservatives to make a photogenic, well-toned modestly smiling member of the glitterati into one of “our guys” (or gals) whenever […]

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Poker Mania Descends on Vegas This Week

 

That time of year is nearly upon us when the masses (of the poker-playing variety) descend on Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. The cash games and smaller tournaments kick off at the Rio on Tuesday, while other events — such as the Deepstack Extravaganza at the Venetian — have already started. If […]

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Exploring S.A. Prüm Rieslings

 

His hand felt like an oven mitt — filled with stone. “My god,” I thought as I removed my paw, “those are hands that have worked the vines.” Which is true. Raimund Prüm is a mountain of a man, and he and his family having been making wine for a very long time. Some of […]

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Color in Black and White

 

When I first heard that the BBC was remaking Civilisation, the groundbreaking 1969 documentary in which esteemed art historian Kenneth Clark guides the viewer through a thousand years of European culture, I feared the worst. When I saw that they had pluralized the name of the show I knew my fears were well-founded: no longer […]

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