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‘Trump doesn’t measure up’: Doris Kearns Goodwin on leadership

The Team of Rivals author has brought Lincoln together with Johnson and two Roosevelts to produce a timely study of what makes a great president Nelson Mandela is dead. Barack Obama is out of office. Strongmen are thriving from China to Egypt, from North Korea to Turkey. Britain’s prime minister looks weak as Brexit looms and Europe threatens to unravel. …

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From Fortnite to Love Island: how the ‘fight to the death’ defines our times

From books and films to TV shows and video games, the last-man-standing trope is massively popular. Is it a reflection of our dog-eat-dog free-market ideology? You are dropped on to a remote island with only your wits. You are going to have to scavenge weapons, ammunition, first-aid kits and the like, while 99 other people do the same. And then, …

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Why I, Tonya is a gamechanger in the world of female sports movies

The Tonya Harding biopic is not the first film about women and sport. But, refreshingly, its one that isnt about female athletes trying to break into a male-dominated world If Tonya Harding had been no more than the first female ice skater to land two triple axels in competition, most of us would have forgotten her by now. But in …

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Kapow! The history of fighting games

Weve come a long way since that 80s one where you punched a bull in the face. As fighting games hit home in Black Mirrors Striking Vipers, we chart their evolution It was not an auspicious beginning. The first video game featuring hand-to-hand combat hit arcades in 1976: Sega’s boxing sim Heavyweight Champ, starred two chunky monochrome pugilists in striped …

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John Boyega: ‘I’m very direct. I can’t lie’

He shook up Star Wars as its first black stormtrooper and hasnt looked back since. John Boyega on facing down bullies and not being nicey-nice John Boyega is talking about the day his world changed – and he knew everything would be OK. It’s not when he got the lead role in his first film, Attack The Block, aged 18, …

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Ant-Man’s Agent Woo: do superhero films have a sidekick race problem?

Funny? Puny? Person of colour? Hollywoods problematic stereotype is seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Deadpool 2 and more As the comic-book movie machine churns on, spinning myriad variations on a limited set of themes, similarities are bound to emerge. Watching the new Ant-Man and the Wasp brought home a fresh one to me: the civilian sidekick. This is the …

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‘Obscenely enjoyable’: why Harlots is the best show you’re not watching

The drama about warring mid-18th-century brothels has sex, backstabbing and strong-willed female characters but why isnt anyone talking about it? Harlots has a huge and magnificent cast, intricate and labyrinthine plots involving ingenious backstabbing on a grand scale, and it has even developed its own brilliantly lewd lexicon. Yet the most confusing thing about it is why, after two outrageously …

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Every Jason Statham film – ranked!

We rate the action mans bone-crunching output from Guy Ritchies cockney geezer to the Fast & Furious movies 39. In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) From German shlockmeister Uwe Boll, this tepid fantasy yarn tasks Jason Statham’s sturdy yeoman with slapping down evil sorcerer Ray Liotta. The undisputed low point. 38. Turn It Up (2000) …

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‘I did a whole lot of crying’: the spectacular fall and rise of Ronda Rousey

The ex-UFC champion opens up about her fall from the top of the sporting landscape, her eclectic second act and how to prepare for the apocalypse Ronda Rousey was once again situated on the dais to promote an event she’s prominently featured in, but this time the other participants weren’t fighters. They weren’t even fellow WWE wrestlers, though she would …

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