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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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    Natasha Richardson’s Last Film

    By kyle | March 20, 2009

    Lou Lumenick has the info on Natasha Richardson’s last, apparently dismal film, an Emma Roberts vehicle. (Young Roberts is, I think, going to be a big star. Check her out in the upcoming “Lymelife,” her first grown-up role….she even does an underwear scene and smokes pot.)

    I saw the beautiful and talented Richardson on stage twice, in “Closer,” in which she played the part later done by Emma’s aunt Julia in the movie, and in “Cabaret,” and she gave a knockout performance in both. She never became a big movie star, but it wasn’t for lack of looks or ability. The acting world is substantially poorer for having lost her.

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