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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 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 »

    Review: “Victoria & Abdul”

    By Kyle | September 23, 2017

    A new movie starring Judi Dench tries to make Queen Victoria look like a college diversity officer. I didn’t quite buy the nudge-nudging here. My review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Review: “Stronger”

    By Kyle | September 20, 2017

    Not quite as great as “Patriots Day,” the second movie about the Boston Marathon bombing is still one of the best movies of the year. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Review: “Battle of the Sexes,” Or Trump vs. Hillary on a Tennis Court

    By Kyle | September 19, 2017

    Unprepared male chauvinist goes up against hyper-prepared feminist icon….It was 1973, and a 55-year-old clubhouse hustler named Bobby Riggs took on the greatest female tennis player of the moment. The movie has the wrong hero. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Jennifer Lawrence’s Grotesque Nativity Spoof

    By Kyle | September 15, 2017

    Pretty good headline, eh? My piece on “Mother” was no. 1 on our National Review site yesterday.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    The Cringy Appeal of Ben Stiller

    By Kyle | September 12, 2017

    Ben Stiller isn’t a hugely talented actor, but he knows when to underplay things and he has interesting taste in scripts. Case in point is his latest, about a middle-aged man agonizing over his status. My review of “Brad’s Status.”

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    Andrew Cuomo’s Latest Boondoggle

    By Kyle | September 11, 2017

    A comedy museum in the middle of nowhere? Yep, that’s the latest idea from the chucklehead governor of our state. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Trump Derangement Syndrome: The TV Show

    By Kyle | September 10, 2017

    In what I think is the first major movie or TV show to grapple with the age of Trump, “American Horror Story” has based its entire season around the idea of a Trump fan who’s a psycho killer. More in my review.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Hollywood’s Horrendous Summer

    By Kyle | September 1, 2017

    A horrible season of box-office misfires limps to a close. Time for panic? Maybe. More in a column.

    Topics: Movies | 4 Comments »

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