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Academics Try And Fail To Understand The Appeal Of Clint Eastwood

A new collection of essays, ‘Tough Ain’t Enough: New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood,’ discounts one of America’s greatest actors and filmmakers as little more than a Republican celebrity.

Social Justice Warriors Ludicrously Slam William Shatner As An ‘Alt-Right Fascist’

Using a guilt-by-association-vocabulary is nothing new. Sen. Joseph McCarthy used the same strategy.

‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Departs From Tradition To Deliver A More Light-Hearted Hero

Of all of Marvel’s early ’60s characters, Ant-Man, alongside Iron Man, was the most politicized. Both were sturdy anti-Communists.

In The Anti-Christ Genre, Still Nothing Tops ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

In three weeks an artsy commemorative book debuts marking the film’s fiftieth anniversary: ‘This Is No Dream: Making Rosemary’s Baby,’ by James Munn and Bob Willoughby.

Paul Rudd Gives A Wildly Disappointing Performance In ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’

Not since Roger Moore’s turn as James Bond has an actor sleepwalked through a film like Rudd has here.

Milos Forman Was Singularly Honest About The Brutality Of Totalitarianism

Along with Roman Polanski, film director Milos Forman resisted the trend of using the ‘fascist’ label loosely. For him this topic was literally dead-serious, as he witnessed it up close.

‘Unsane’ Works As A Postmodernist Slant On B-Movie Psychological Dramas

As the plot unfolds, the viewer is not given a stable berth from which to follow the story, and audiences can become as disoriented as Claire Foy’s character.

‘The Death Of Stalin’ Is Billed As Satire, But Fails To Overcome Its Horrifying Subject Matter

The film about the feeding frenzy among his inner circle after his death inadvertently shows how Stalinism is literally dead serious.

History Can’t Be Rewritten To Defend FDR’s Behavior At Yalta

David Woolner’s book, ‘The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and Peace,’ makes some highly disputable claims about FDR’s handing of the Yalta Conference in 1945 in order to make the dying president’s statecraft look more competent.

Churchill’s Unwavering Defense In Britain’s ‘Darkest Hour’ Made His Life A Triumph

Nothing could match Winston Churchill’s behavior as British prime minister during World War II. His defiance was legendary. ‘The Darkest Hour’ catches it.

Realistic Patriotism Makes ‘12 Strong’ A War Movie Worth Watching

‘12 Strong’ is a welcome change from the ‘We’re all to blame’ war movies that leftists in Hollywood crank out.

New Interview Collection Reveals Christopher Hitchens’ Surprising Conservative Streak

A new collection of interviews from the late, great Christopher Hitchens demonstrates that one of the most beloved liberal intellectuals of our time held a surprising number of conservative beliefs.

In ‘Hostiles,’ Scott Cooper Offers A Grown-Up Western

Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ accepts history’s brutal realities rather than substituting political cant. Cooper is what historians used to be: one who doesn’t fashion history to fit a political agenda.

Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Is A Racist Version Of ‘Stepford Wives’

‘Get Out’ has been chatted up for best picture, best actor, best director, and best film editing for Oscar nominations. The nomination lists come out January 23.

Meet The Politics And Pugilism Of Science Fiction Provocateur Harlan Ellison

With ‘A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison,’ author Nat Segaloff tries to write a biography of an author whose enormous talent is often outshone by his anger and progressive politics.

Why ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is The Best Film Of 2017

‘Blade Runner 2049’ needs no corrective editing like its cult-favorite predecessor, for it is a much better film on every level.

‘Wonder’ Humanizes Bullies And Victims, Offering A Broad, Non-Politicized Appeal

In the hands of a more class-warrior director, the film would highlight the bullies’ privilege. Stephen Chbosky’s priorities, however, are universal in scope.