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Edward Snowden, Everyman?

Oliver Stone’s biopic is factually accurate, but honesty isn’t the same as objectivity.

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Liturgies for Young and Old

James K.A. Smith’s new book explores the heart-shaping power of our habits.

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The Myth of American Retreat

Like his predecessors, Obama has pursued a foreign policy of primacy, not restraint.

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Escape From Detroit

Don’t Breathe is an effective horror flick whose least-effective elements hide its real insights.

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If Google Were a Book

The colorful history of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases—the original search engines

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After Conservatism

Trump has dispelled plenty of illusions about the GOP coalition. So what comes next?


Adapting Philip Roth

No filmmaker may ever nail it.

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A Prairie Home Companion sounded like easy nostalgia, but at heart was elegiac and mournful.

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