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Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith is a film critic for the the New York Post. His website is at www.kylesmithonline.com.
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Swing Vote: An Election-Themed ‘Comedy’

Friday, August 1st, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

The only thing funny about the new film starring Kevin Costner is that it wants you to believe all politicians are really swell people.

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The Dark Knight — Not Just Another Superhero Movie

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Who would have guessed that the latest Batman movie would have a conservative point of view?

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Mamma Mia: A Movie to Laugh At (Not With)

Friday, July 18th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

This is a musical comedy with terrible jokes that is nevertheless hilarious.

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A Forgettable Journey to the Center of the Earth

Friday, July 11th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

This bland remake of the Jules Verne novel is a grandparents' movie rather than a kids' flick.

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Hancock: A Loutish Superhero Saves the Day

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

The film is a witty defense of America as a rude, sometimes blundering but ultimately invaluable force.

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WALL-E: A Gloom-E Satire

Friday, June 27th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Pixar's kid flick is perhaps the most cynical and darkest big-budget Disney movie ever.

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Be Smart — Don’t See Get Smart

Friday, June 20th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

The latest big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV spy comedy made me laugh — once.

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The Incredible Hulk: A Somber Superhero

Friday, June 13th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Edward Norton's Hulk is the superhero equivalent of the guy who couldn't get a prom date.

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The Real Political Message of High Noon

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

The classic film, which is being reissued on DVD this week, seems like a conservative work today. It's not an anti-McCarthyism allegory, but a warning about the dangers of being soft on crime.

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Zohan Fights Terror — Hilariously

Friday, June 6th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

You Don't Mess with the Zohan misses no opportunity to make fun of extremist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas — and is the funniest Adam Sandler film since The Waterboy.

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Is Obama Channeling a Cult Movie Hero?

Saturday, May 31st, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Barack Obama has often been compared to JFK. But maybe his primary influence is gang leader Cyrus from the classic film The Warriors.

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Indiana Jones 4 Doesn’t Rival Predecessors

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the worst Steven Spielberg popcorn flick since 1941.

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What Happens in Vegas Didn’t Stay in Vegas. Unfortunately.

Friday, May 9th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

It's obvious that not even Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, the stars of this new comedy, think any of their lines are funny.

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Iron Man: Superhero Powered by Super-Shame

Friday, May 2nd, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

The first hour of Jon Favreau's new film is right up there with the best movies of the genre. Too bad the second half sounds like a Ralph Nader lecture on America's responsibility for all the world's wars.

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Harold & Kumar Try to Make Gitmo a Laughing Matter

Friday, April 25th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is not as funny as its predecessor. In fact, there's only one decent political joke in the entire movie.

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Where in the World is Morgan Spurlock’s Brain?

Friday, April 18th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is looking for Osama Bin Laden. Is it more surprising that he doesn't find him — or that Spurlock's own biases make his film nearly unwatchable?

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Smart People Has a Smart Script

Thursday, April 10th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Ellen Page does a mean version of Juno in this delightful film about a depressed professor and his too-wise kids.

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There Will Be Blood: Conservative in Liberal’s Clothing

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

It's one of the cleverest left-wing films made in a long time. But apart from its trenchant critiques of capitalism and religion, there's also an underlying theme you wouldn't suspect in a liberal movie.

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Leatherheads, a Muddy Snoozefest

Friday, April 4th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

George Clooney the director is no help to Clooney the actor in the sis-boom-bad football flick.

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‘Funny Games’: Psyche-Shattering Thriller

Friday, March 14th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Michael Haneke's latest offering is one of the most perfect horror films ever made, even if horror is not quite the point, writes Kyle Smith.

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‘The Other Boleyn Girl’: Soapy Costume Drama

Saturday, March 1st, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith writes that the new film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson "panders shamelessly to its target audience of upscale women by recasting history as a lipstick jungle."

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The Pillowman Puts Us to Sleep

Friday, February 15th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

In Bruges, the first film by acclaimed Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, is a bit of a disappointment, writes Kyle Smith: a tongue-in-cheek gangster flick with a loose plot unredeemed by lame jokes.

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‘Fool’s Gold,’ a Fool’s Errand

Friday, February 8th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

By giving it 0.5 out of 4 stars, Kyle Smith makes his opinion clear on the treasure-hunting comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, which opens today. Most interesting question: "Which actor wins what must have been a bad accent contest on the set?"

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Planned Parenthood in Bucharest

Friday, January 25th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

Winter blues got you down? Then how about a subtitled abortion film set in Ceauşescu's Romania? Kyle Smith can't help but feel that 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, which opens Jan. 25, is a two-hour viewing experience on par with Eastern European Communism itself. Still, he gives this "skillfully realized emotional thriller" 3.5 stars out of 4.

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Film Review: U2 in Three Dimensions

Sunday, January 13th, 2008 - by Kyle Smith

The new concert film U2 3D is a fabulous party thrown by the world's biggest band for the price of a movie ticket, writes film critic Kyle Smith. So what if their onstage politics are weird and vague? "Nobody ever comes back from a U2 concert saying, 'Actually, I disagreed with their stance on peace and unity.' "

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