John Meacham’s new book, like his Newsweek articles on religion, offers almost nothing in the way of substance. But if you like a lot of cheapened metaphors about darkness and light and approving (but not too approving) references to “transcendence” then run right out and buy this book.
The first theatrically released film to explicitly portray the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, United 93, like the day it depicts, is wholly unique–a captivating, devastating experience that is anything but safe.
Honoring The Dartmouth Review on its 25th anniversary.
It will take more than blonde hair and a Colgate smile to save network news from irrelevance.
The mythic alcoholic and mysoginistic persona of poet and novelist Charles Bukowski is captured in Bukowski: Born into This. But what makes the film a success is not its relentless evidence of that myth’s truth. It’s in its hints that the man may have been something more than just the larger than life figure.
The initial concept of Ave Maria–Domino Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan’s plan to build a community founded on Catholic principles–if implemented, would scale back on what the modern American understands to be the personal freedoms he is entitled to: privacy rights, free speech, free press, no establishment of religion.
How Rod Dreher has probably bit off more than he can chew when he takes on agribusiness, public education, McMansions, the free market and a conservative movement that long ago stopped being interested in the Eternal Verities.
In Music from the Inside Out, Daniel Anker conveys his personal devotion to music. In doing so, he’s created an inspired piece of filmmaking. No music-lover should miss it.
The young man who aspires to dress well must turn to books, but the revival in fashion has produced no Summa Fashionistica for men. Here’s a guide to the best tomes on men’s fashion.
A review of Autobahn, a Neil LaBute play now at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is nothing more than a mild disappointment. It is the epitome of a decent film: thoroughly, depressingly adequate, but not one smidgen more.
Our annual gift guide for all the conservatives and libertarians on your list!
A new biography of Sam Cooke is evidence of Baby Boomers’ attempt to legitimize popular culture.
Your girlfriend or wife is wonderfully and fearfully alive — so beware of the pitfalls in your harmless adoration of celebrity beauties.
The new biopic Capote gets the atmosphere right–but the life wrong.
George Clooney’s take on Murrow and McCarthy is a gripping, eloquent piece of propaganda.
A review of the new collection, The Weekly Standard: A Reader: 1995-2005.
Michael Winterbottom’s tepid film effort, 9 Songs, concedes artistic limitations in order to break new ground.
A review of Álex de la Iglesia’s new film, El Crimen Perfecto.
A bit of gonzo reportage from NoVa and D.C.
The democratization of book reviewing on Amazon.com has begun to crowd out professional reviewers and change the way we read. Is this a good thing?
Understanding the implosion of the Libertarian Bore: the perfect mirror image of the Marxist who constantly ruins everyone else’s dinner with his incessant dialectics.
What’s right and not so right with Human Events‘ list of the “Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries.”
A message to pop culture conservatives: everything, even fitting in, has a cost.
Ismail Merchant, producer of classy, elegant British period pieces, was the ultimate independent filmmaker.
A new collection of letters and routines sheds light on the complexity of late comedian Bill Hicks.
A review of a maturing Ben Fold’s new album, Songs for Silverman.
Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling face trial in the new documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
While we mourn the loss of Pope John Paul II, we should celebrating the music of another Catholic.
If consumers of television programs and films had to pay a recycling fee–for recycled shows like The Office–we might not be subject to the dearth of creativity we’re witnessing in Hollywood right now.
His inspiration may have disappeared years ago, but the literary world still suffered a loss when Hunter S. Thompson took his own life last month.
Over one third of high school students believe the First Amendment goes “too far” in the rights it secures. But why should they care about freedom, when nobody else does?
Tom Wolfe’s latest may be reactionary and hyperbolic–but it’s still a great read.
Every year there are deserving movies robbed of Oscar nominations. This year, Closer, the best movie of 2004, is at the top of the list.
How Johnny Ramone and Ronald Reagan each played a central role in major movements once considered on the fringe.
The definitive gift guide for all the conservatives and libertarians on our lists!
Is 2004 the year the documentary went from film-geek fetish to mainstream marvel, or the year that Americans gave up their imaginations?
Although it is, by Baker’s usual standards, a middling production, Checkpoint did occasion something of a second-order news event as critics and commentators from across the notional left-right spectrum rose to condemn it for immorality, bad taste, or both.
Paying for television programming once seemed absurd, now all the good stuff is on cable. Radio is next.
For a relatively small book, Where the Right Went Wrong makes a convincing, wide-ranging case that all is not well, and conservatives have no one to blame for that but themselves.
Polymath novelist Julian Barnes’ new short story collection, The Lemon Table, explores the worldly concerns of those close to death
A new Michigan case that limits government’s power of eminent domain is good news for property advocates, but Justice O’Connor may be standing in the way of broader reform.
Brad Miner’s The Compleat Gentleman tackles a worthy subject, but won’t bring back the Age of Chivalry.
A D.C.-centric review of of filmmaker Jonathan Demme’s remake of the legendary 1962 political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate.
A tennis match in England and a country picnic in Texas make for a distinctly American Fourth of July.
David Brooks is an essayist and a satirist, not a political scientist, which is why his sweeping observations, unsubstantiated, often fall short.
Bubba Ho-Tep, recently released on DVD, features a redneck mummy, a black JFK–and plenty of fun.
This attempt to modernize the oldest story of Western civilization strips it of its essence; it deprives the Greeks of their gods.
Readers of Stephen Hayes’ new book will expect proof that Saddam was collaborating with al Qaeda in a way that endangered America, but they will be disappointed on that score.
The bills for new baseball stadiums have often been footed by local taxpayers; now state and federal taxpayers might get to chip in as well.
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