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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.

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    Review: “56 Up”

    By kyle | January 4, 2013

    My four-star review of the latest chapter in the now half-century series of documentaries about a group of Britons is up. Dive in to any episode and you’ll quickly be brought up to speed by director Michael Apted.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Review: “56 Up””

    1. Don Reed Says:
      January 5th, 2013 at 4:36 am

      Kyle, nice to see you having a pleasant experience, for a change.

      In other news, “a time capsule from 1950 was dug up from its location in an upstate New York town not too far from the North Pole.”

      When it was opened, two predictions were noted.

      One was that “within the lifetimes of people born in the year 1950, a capitalist Russia would become a tax haven for wealthy actors and other people of substantial means who were seeking refuge from their native, gone-socialist countries.”

      The other was that “the American government would be engaged in doctoring (Stalinist style) official political photos.”

      Boy, were they ever correct. Any word in there about whether or not Pittsburgh (+3.5) will beat Ole Miss in tonight’s Compass Bowl?

      If so, we’ll have just enough time to call Vegas. If we make enough money on the bet, next stop is the Russian consulate, filling out citizenship papers.

    2. Sherlock Says:
      January 7th, 2013 at 1:25 am

      There is a form of arthritis that only prevents you from typing at a keyboard in an office for wages, leaving you free to use Facebook on your computer at home. This form of arthritis is real, for Apted’s cameras have given us proof.