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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is a film critic for The New York Post and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review. Find an alphabetical listing of The New York Post's recent film reviews here.

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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    McCain, Feinstein and Levin Denounce “Zero Dark Thirty”

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

    I’ve read a lot of media stories about how Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain say harsh interrogation techniques did not lead to Osama Bin Laden. “Zero Dark Thirty” says otherwise (despite the hedging of filmmakers Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow, who have an interest in not appearing to support conservative positions -they want [...]

    “Zero Dark Thirty” Vs. the Wets

    Sunday, December 16th, 2012

    In my Sunday column, I explain why “Zero Dark Thirty” is a clear vindication of the Bush Administration’s approach to the war on terror. (Spoiler alert: The good guys win in the end.)

    Bin Laden Bounce Is Gone

    Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

    As I said at the time, Obama’s Bin Laden bounce was bound to be short-lived because people are worried about the economy. So it has come to pass. On Assassination Day, remember, every liberal pundit was saying (this before the first fish was nibbling on Bin Laden’s remains) that this event was sure to secure [...]

    Transparency Looking a Little Cloudy

    Thursday, May 5th, 2011

    Transparency — President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President’s executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for [...]

    Military Success, PR Fiasco

    Thursday, May 5th, 2011

    This seems to be the conventional wisdom already. Strange but true: the administration has tripped all over itself on a victory lap. This sums it up pretty well:
    The core conflict is the White House’s “desire to kill bin Laden but also to have the world think we did so respectfully and politely,” said Eric Dezenhall, [...]

    The Gift That Is Michael Moore

    Thursday, May 5th, 2011

    Just keeps on giving….now via Big Hollywood, it seems he’s upset that there were no headlines reading “Multi-millionaire kills 3,000,” as though the motive for Bin Laden’s jihad were that he was rich and that turned him evil. Moore is upset that Bin Laden is characterized as a Muslim. And that being a Muslim is [...]

    Economist Readers Have Gone Wobbly

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

    The Economist is taking a poll: Is it right to celebrate the death of Bin Laden? The question need not even be asked. And yet…so far, 58 percent have said no. I can remember when The Economist and its readers were united in their center-right common sense. One of the unfortunate habits of modern Western [...]

    Spike the Football, Please

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

    The President says he doesn’t want to release photos of Bin Laden because there is no need to “spike the football.” Well.
    Tell me, what is the amount of marginal humiliation involved in releasing photos (or, for that matter, of bringing the body back to the US before burial at sea) of someone you have just [...]

    11-Point Bump

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

    For Obama. Surprisingly small. Then again, I think Bush only got a seven-point bump out of Saddam’s capture. People vote their pocketbooks anyway. I don’t think anyone thinks the election is going to be about anything but the economy. It’s odd how excited liberals were (judging from Twitter…Andy Borowitz imagined the approval rating would hit [...]

    Nah, Go Ahead, Characterize It as a Victory

    Monday, May 2nd, 2011

    A beyond-shameless Daily Kos contributor on the rather fortunate demise of Osama Bin Laden:
    No matter how inevitable bin Laden’s death may have been, we should be careful not to characterize it as a victory. At minimum, his story serves to illuminate our own failure to create an equitable society…
    The same writer blames Bill Clinton [...]