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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: “The Shape of Water”

    By Kyle | December 13, 2017

    The social-justice monster-erotica picture of the season. No, I didn’t like.

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    Review: “The Parisian Woman,” Broadway’s New Anti-Trump Play

    By Kyle | December 13, 2017

    Uma Thurman, Blair Brown et al go after Trump in spectacularly boring fashion. My review.

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    Why “Casablanca” Is So Great

    By Kyle | December 12, 2017

    After its 75th anniversary, an appreciation.

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    Review: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

    By Kyle | December 12, 2017

    Don’t believe the hype. It’s pretty bad except for the last half-hour. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    Review: “Phantom Thread”

    By Kyle | December 6, 2017

    Yet another beautifully realized and very flawed Paul Thomas Anderson movie. My review.

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    Review: “The Post”

    By Kyle | December 5, 2017

    It’s a fine movie, albeit not as good as “All the President’s Men.” But it has almost nothing to do with Trump. My review.

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    The Enduring Appeal of “The Godfather”

    By Kyle | December 4, 2017

    Why is it that you can’t switch it off once it’s one? I take a crack at explaining.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Review: “Darkest Hour”

    By Kyle | November 28, 2017

    A strange attempt to make it look like Churchill wavered in the weeks surrounding Dunkirk, but a very fine interpretation by Gary Oldman. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Democrats Revert to “It’s OK When Our Side Does It” on Franken

    By Kyle | November 28, 2017

    They don’t realize how bad this looks for them. A column. Previously I wrote about why That Picture changes everything for Franken and the Democrats in this column.

    Topics: Movies, Politics | 3 Comments »

    Review: “Justice League”

    By Kyle | November 15, 2017

    No better than “Age of Ultron.” My review.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

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