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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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  • Why the Weak Must Be Crushed

    By Kyle | November 9, 2017

    An urgent plea.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    The Weinstein Intimidation: Hollywood’s Real-Life Thriller

    By Kyle | November 8, 2017

    The spying operation run by Harvey Weinstein to cover up his misdeeds is highly cinematic and reminiscent of Hollywood’s conspiracy thrillers. With one big difference.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    How Feminism Ditched Marriage and Motherhood for ‘Intersectionality’

    By Kyle | November 7, 2017

    Remember when feminism was primarily concerned with the issues raised by ordinary women — married ones, with children? How did it become obsessed with radical fringe elements? I ponder the question here.

    Topics: Movies | No Comments »

    Ferguson Play Corrects Journalists

    By Kyle | November 6, 2017

    A play based on grand-jury testimony demolishes again the lies of Ferguson. I offer praise.

    Topics: Politics | No Comments »

    Hollywood Bullies Try and Fail to Play Victim

    By Kyle | November 5, 2017

    It didn’t work for Harvey and it didn’t work for Kevin: Liberal men are used to playing victim, but no one is buying it anymore. A column.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Review: “Thor: Ragnarok”

    By Kyle | October 30, 2017

    Going for full-on comedy is probably wiser than trying to be an epic and failing. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Warren Beatty’s Russian Revolution

    By Kyle | October 30, 2017

    A look back at one of the best films of the 1980s, “Reds,” and how despite its impeccable left-wing pedigree it serves as a warning about the folly of utopian thinking.

    Topics: Movies | 3 Comments »

    Review: “Suburbicon”

    By Kyle | October 29, 2017

    George Clooney’s latest is a disaster. Here’s why.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    Why Nuns Are Dying Out

    By Kyle | October 25, 2017

    Liberalizing policy after Vatican II coincided with a huge reduction in the ranks of nuns and religious sisters. The case for a connection between the two is made in an eye-opening new movie, “Novitiate.” More here.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    Go Ahead, Let Your Kid Dress as Moana

    By Kyle | October 24, 2017

    Cultural-appropriation alert: The leftists at Redbook (!) have decreed that it’s ethnically insensitive for white girls to dress as Moana. More here.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

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