‘Cultural Appropriation’ at the Movies? Not in ‘Norman’

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, a new movie starring Richard Gere, is intelligent, funny, captivating and ultimately profound. It’s also a perfect response to liberal cries about stereotypes and “cultural appropriation” in movies. Norman argues for giving acting roles to the best actors, regardless of ethnicity. It also … Continued

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Is Chance the Rapper a Poet?

The idea that rappers are the modern poets, the Shakespeares, Tennysons, and Keats of our age, has been pushed for a while. This writer at The Daily Beast seems to think it’s true. So does Jay-Z. And this Oxford professor. But just because both rhyme doesn’t mean rap and poetry are the same thing, and … Continued

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The Moral Meaning of ‘The Sopranos,’ Ten Years Later

On the evening of June 10, 2007, untold numbers of Americans simultaneously wondered if their televisions or cable service had malfunctioned. They had been watching perhaps the most iconic final scene in TV history, which concluded perhaps the most celebrated show in TV history. In the decade since then, fans of The Sopranos have argued—and … Continued

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‘Wonder Woman’ Underestimates Wonder

I am thrilled my younger sister finally got to see a female-led superhero film, one starring the most iconic superheroine in all of comics. Wonder Woman succeeds brilliantly as a course-correction for DC’s cinematic universe, giving us a hopeful and heroic protagonist instead of the travesties of Batman and Superman previously seen on screen. Yet … Continued

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What Benjamin Booker Can Teach Us About Black Lives Matter

When Benjamin Booker, the New Orleans guitarist and singer, began to question whether or not his songs had any meaning, he packed up his things and ran away to Mexico. Without the ability to speak the language and without many friends, his solitude gave him the creative space and expatriate insight to write his new … Continued

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The Hypocrisy of Women-Only Screenings of ‘Wonder Woman’

Feminists care about sexism only when women are the victims. But when men endure the same, feminists cheer. And that’s precisely what they did this week. To celebrate the release of the new Wonder Woman movie, a theater in Austin organized a special girls-only screening. Loudly and proudly, corporate movie chain Alamo Drafthouse announced that … Continued

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