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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: “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 »

    2 Responses to “Review: “Darkest Hour””

    1. K Says:
      November 28th, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Yes, it’s annoying when western civ’s icons are shown to have feet of clay – not because they did, but because modern story structure demands it. Churchill had his issues, but irresolution was not amongst them.

    2. Hedge Says:
      November 28th, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Happening upon Clement Attlee in the lavatory, Churchill goes to the opposite end of the line of urinals. “Standoffish today, Winnie” Attlee queries. “Not at all…when you see something large and in private hands, you are want to nationalize it,” retorts Churchill.

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