David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

'Get Out' Mixes Satire, Race And Horror, And The Result Is A Scream

Friday, February 24, 2017

A young white woman brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents in director Jordan Peele's first feature film. Critic David Edelstein says Get Out is a comic thriller worth seeing.


'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter

Friday, February 17, 2017

Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says The Great Wall is "lavishly ... terrible."


'The Salesman' Offers A Brilliant Portrayal Of Marriage And Vengeance

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's latest film is one of the five nominees for this year's foreign-language Academy Award. Critic David Edelstein says The Salesman is tense and powerful.


'Founder' Serves Up A Profile Of The Man Behind McDonald's

Monday, January 23, 2017

A new biopic tells the story of Ray Kroc, who turned a single burger restaurant into a multi-billion dollar worldwide franchise. Critic David Edelstein says The Founder offers a dark dose of realism.


Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Friday, January 13, 2017

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.


'Paterson' Paints A Delicate Portrait Of A Bus Driver Who Writes Poetry

Friday, January 06, 2017

Jim Jarmusch's new film, Paterson, was loosely inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem of the same name. Critic David Edelstein says the film expertly evokes the inner state of an artist.


In 'An Excellent Year' For Film, Critic David Edelstein Shares His 12 Favorites

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Edelstein estimates that he saw 400 films in 2016 — more than enough to fill "a couple of 10-best lists." He talks about a dozen of them with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.


'Rogue One' Wows With Fresh Special Effects And A Multinational Cast

Friday, December 16, 2016

The nefarious Empire is building a giant weapon in the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. Critic David Edelstein says though Rogue One is part of a series, it also works as a stand-alone film.


G-Men in Hollywood

Friday, December 16, 2016

The FBI has long looked to Hollywood to rehabilitate its image in the face of real world blunders.

Fantastically Stylized 'La La Land' Is A Musical Tour-De-Force

Friday, December 09, 2016

A jazz keyboardist and an aspiring actress fall in love in Damien Chazelle's new romantic musical. Critic David Edelstein says La La Land features thrilling chemistry and magical music numbers.


'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Friday, December 02, 2016

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.


Bleak, Mournful 'Manchester By The Sea' Packs An Emotional Punch

Friday, November 18, 2016

Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.


Sci-Fi Saga 'Arrival' Asks: Can Humans Learn To Speak The Language Of Aliens?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Amy Adams plays a professor tasked with talking to eight-tentacled aliens in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Arrival is a strange and tantalizing puzzle.


Mel Gibson Pours Fever And Passion Into Every Frame Of 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Gibson's new movie tells the story of the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. Critic David Edelstein says Hacksaw Ridge is the work of a remarkable filmmaker.


Lush And Romantic 'Handmaiden' Is The Year's Most Irresistible Love Story

Friday, October 28, 2016

Though he's known for making quasi-horror films, director Park Chan-wook's latest movie is a melodrama set in 1930s Korea. Critic David Edelstein says The Handmaiden is fun and full of twists.


Documentary Offers A Wrenching Look At America's First Modern Gun Massacre

Friday, October 14, 2016

The animated film Tower revisits the day, in 1966, when a gunman began shooting from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin. Critic David Edelstein calls the movie "extraordinary."


'Birth Of A Nation' Conforms To Hollywood's Standard Revenge Template

Friday, October 07, 2016

The new movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt, is a righteous-vigilante tale — and an answer to D.W. Griffith's 1915 film of the same name.


'American Honey' Trains Its Lens On Traveling Magazine Crews

Friday, September 30, 2016

Andrea Arnold's new movie about a teenage girl who takes up with an unusual group of salespeople won a the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "wonderful" film.


It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Friday, September 23, 2016

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."


Oliver Stone Puts A Melodramatic Spin On 'Snowden' And The Surveillance State

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stone's new film presents the exiled former NSA contractor as a heroic whistle-blower. Critic David Edelstein says movie's take on Snowden is entertaining — but also a bit one-sided.