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Review: ‘Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump’

White HouseSince President Donald Trump took office, the media have spilled oceans of ink on the conflicts coming from inside his White House. While his first year had notable ideological splits among staffers and a high turnover, such internecine conflict is far from new, as shown in Tevi Troy's latest book Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.

Review: ‘The Manipulators’ by Peter Hasson

FacebookIf there is one word to describe The Manipulators, the excellent new book from Daily Caller editor Peter J. Hasson, it must be "outrageous." That is not to say that Hasson's work—staid and thoroughly researched—is outrageous, but that the story he tells should leave any sensible reader, conservative or otherwise, outraged.

Review: ‘American Factory’

American FactoryBarack and Michelle Obama's post-presidency entertainment career began in earnest in 2019. A year after signing a much-touted deal with Netflix, the former first couple's production company (Higher Ground Productions) released a documentary over the summer. It's called American Factory, and now it's nominated for Best Documentary Feature at tomorrow's Academy Awards.

Review: ‘Birds of Prey’

Less Tarantino, more Taranteeny

Birds of Prey wants to be like Deadpool, and it is, except it's also very bad. Deadpool rewrote the comic-book-movie script with its wild depiction of a fast-talking, foul-mouthed, nihilistic brute who is turned into an impregnable superhero with extremely questionable morals. Birds of Prey is foul-mouthed, bloody, and cartoonishly low-lifey à la Deadpool—its protagonist’s go-to move is to break her opponent’s leg in combat—but to no particular end or purpose.

Review: ‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’

A far more compelling story than the one created by the left in 1991

Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas quietly occupies a unique place in American life. Anyone who ascends to the nation’s highest court is, by definition, special, but that undersells Thomas. He’s been at the center of the culture war and the debate over the soul of the Constitution—not exactly two minor issues. If that weren’t enough, Thomas’s life growing up black in Georgia gives him the quintessential American success story, even as he has been vilified by the American elite. And in a period characterized by reevaluating racism and its legacy, Thomas has been uniquely targeted with racist smears.

Review: ‘Bad Boys for Life’

If it’s for life… it’s a life sentence

Bad Boys for Life, the blockbuster reboot of the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence violent-buddy-cop franchise that arrived a mere 17 years after Bad Boys II, takes place in an alternate universe.

PEN IS MIGHTY: Journalists to Award Themselves Bezos-Funded ‘Courage’ Award Named After Billionaire Heiress

Democracy thrives in hubris

The Washington Free Beacon regrets to inform you that the journalists are at it again. The White House Correspondents' Association, a pro-journalism activist group responsible for hosting the appropriately dubbed "nerd prom" dinner party, announced Friday the creation of a new journalism award for "courage and accountability."

The Best Year for Movies in Forever

And the winner is… anything!

The two late entrants into the Oscar race, Little Women and 1917, both scored Best Picture nominations and are both credible possibilities to take the statuette at the awards ceremony in February. That's not only because both of them are good, which they are; Little Women is an emotional knockout (its last hour in particular), while 1917 is a riveting and harrowing thriller, inventively told and staggeringly well-photographed.