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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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  • Review: “Lady Bird”

    By Kyle | October 16, 2017

    It has nothing to do with President Johnson’s wife; instead it’s more of a “Rushmore”-style teen coming of age comedy, and one of the best films of the year. My review.

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    Hollywood’s Conspiracy of Silence

    By Kyle | October 11, 2017

    Did George Clooney and Meryl Streep really not know what was going on with Harvey Weinstein? I think not. More in a column.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Next Year’s Oscar Winner is….

    By Kyle | October 10, 2017

    “Call Me By Your Name,” a gay romance set in 1983 Italy, seems like catnip to Oscar voters. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Steven Spielberg Links Munich to 9/11

    By Kyle | October 5, 2017

    He wouldn’t admit it at the time, but Steven Spielberg is finally admitting that the final shot of “Munich” – the Twin Towers in the distance — was meant to warn us that tracking down the Munich massacre’s perpetrators helped set the stage for 9/11. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 6 Comments »

    Steven Spielberg’s Triumph, and His Mistake

    By Kyle | October 5, 2017

    Pegged to the new HBO documentary “Spielberg,” I take a look back at his career and ask: Why did he make so many movies like “The Color Purple”?

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    Review: “The Florida Project”

    By Kyle | October 4, 2017

    A surprisingly ebullient film about long-term residents of a low-rent Orlando motel. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

    By Kyle | October 3, 2017

    Gorgeous to look at, but on a first viewing, its storytelling did not grab me. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 6 Comments »

    Review: “Last Flag Flying”

    By Kyle | October 2, 2017

    Richard Linklater’s followup to “The Last Detail,” starring Steve Carell as a grieving dad and Bryan Cranston as a cynical Marine, is on the surface a familiar anti-Iraq War diatribe, but in the final act it takes a turn for the better. My review.

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    Review: “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

    By Kyle | October 1, 2017

    Another sharply observant script from writer-director Noah Baumbach in this tale of a kvetching family in which Dustin Hoffman is the father and Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler are his sons.

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    Review: “American Made”

    By Kyle | September 27, 2017

    More like American Made-Up. Tom Cruise supplies the Contras with rifles…this did not happen with the real guy, Barry Seal. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 5 Comments »

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