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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.

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: “Zero Days”

    By Kyle | July 10, 2016

    A chilling documentary argues that the Stuxnet worm did more potential harm than good because it didn’t knock out many Iranian centrifuges but seems to have inspired nasty responses. A review.

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    Review: “Life, Animated”

    By Kyle | July 5, 2016

    Journalist Ron Suskind’s autistic son once had a language breakthrough after watching a lot of Disney movies, an anecdote this documentary tries to spin into an entire movie, with some occasionally poignant results. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Review: “The Purge: Election Year”

    By Kyle | July 5, 2016

    The audience for horror movies consists almost entirely of Democrats (young, black and Latino viewers). This movie blatantly plays to them, positing that old Catholic white people want to hunt down poor young blacks. My review.

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    Review: “Our Kind of Traitor”

    By Kyle | July 5, 2016

    So-so John Le Carre adaptation. My review is up.

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    Facebook Employee Tells All

    By Kyle | July 5, 2016

    A Silicon Valley Facebookie decided to turn his experiences into a book, which I review in my Sunday column about “Chaos Monkeys.”

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Apologies

    By Kyle | July 5, 2016

    Had to straighten out some issues with the site. Also I didn’t approve comments for a few days. It’s fixed now.

    Topics: Movies | 12 Comments »

    Liberal “Science” Is After My Disney Princesses

    By Kyle | June 27, 2016

    In a Sunday column, I debunk a phony, meaningless would-be academic “study” that has been widely reported as somehow proving Disney princess culture is bad for your kids. There are way too many Ph.D.s out there wasting their time on studies that show, at best, correlation not causation.

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    Review: “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words”

    By Kyle | June 27, 2016

    After I pointed out the obvious — that Zappa’s music was terrible — in came the hate mail on this review. I’ve been accused of being a liberal and a Midwesterner.

    Reader after reader writes in to say (usually in really angry language) that I don’t have enough knowledge, or have not done enough research, to have an opinion on whether I like Frank Zappa. It continues to surprise me how many people confuse taste with knowledge. The larger point is that rock critics and assorted poseurs have spent so much energy building up the legend of Frank Zappa that they have convinced the rank-and-file that the naked emperor is impeccably dressed. The same goes for Philip Glass, John Cage and John Adams. In other words, these composers’ music is so terrible that the only way you can convince yourself it sounds good is via determined effort to retrain your ears. Good music, on the other hand, just sounds good.

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    Review: “The Shallows”

    By Kyle | June 24, 2016

    I was fairly bored by this completely routine shark movie, so I thought, why not review it from the point of view of the shark?

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Review: “Phenom”

    By Kyle | June 24, 2016

    Low-budget movie about a pitcher with the yips. Very well done. My review.

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