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David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

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Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

Friday, November 14, 2014

The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.

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'Interstellar': A Good Old-Fashioned Chunk Of Sci-Fi Silliness

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Christopher Nolan's film stars Matthew McConaughey as an astronaut who takes his ship through a wormhole to another galaxy to find a home for earth's inhabitants. It's cool, awe-inspiring and goofy.

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'Citizenfour': A Paranoid Conspiracy Documentary About Edward Snowden

Friday, October 24, 2014

Laura Poitras' new film isn't artfully shaped like her other documentaries. But she captures scenes as history is being made — and it will make you look both ways when you're on the street.

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'Birdman' Follows A Film Actor Frantic To Prove Himself Onstage

Friday, October 17, 2014

The choreography by Alejandro Iñárritu, who directed 21 Grams and Babel, will wow you. But the story about a washed-up actor about to bring off his Broadway debut is an "empty masterwork."

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In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

Friday, October 10, 2014

Director Damien Chazelle's second film centers on the agony of a drummer in a high-powered music school. The movie ties you into knots: The fear of failure is omnipresent. So is the jazz vibe.

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'Gone Girl': A Gripping Film That's More Fun Than The Book

Friday, October 03, 2014

Based on a screenplay by author Gillian Flynn, the movie is sensationally effective. It's made like a classic noir — evenly paced, with an elegance that in context is deeply perverse.

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British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

Friday, September 26, 2014

The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.

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A Detective's 'Walk Among The Tombstones' Is Gripping But Unsatisfying

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the '70s, novelist Lawrence Block created New York private investigator Matthew Scudder who chases extreme bad guys. Liam Neeson now plays the character the new grisly film directed by Scott Frank.

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In 'The Drop,' Mob Bosses Bully Sad Characters At A Bar In Brooklyn

Friday, September 12, 2014

The film based on Dennis Lehane's short story Animal Rescue is supposed be a thriller, but the narrative doesn't have much urgency. The reason it's worth seeing? James Gandolfini is at his peak.

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In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

Monday, September 08, 2014

The British drama depicts remarkable characters, including an angry teenager who meets two father figures behind bars. It's a prison film that's shattering beyond physical violence.

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In The Irish Film 'Cavalry,' A Priest's Crisis Of Faith Is Weirdly Jokey

Friday, August 08, 2014

John Michael McDonagh's new movie stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest who must eventually face off against a killer. It's excruciatingly obvious and inept, but Gleeson brings it alive.

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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Friday, August 01, 2014

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Friday, July 25, 2014

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.

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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Friday, July 11, 2014

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.

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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.

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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Friday, June 27, 2014

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.

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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Friday, June 13, 2014

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.

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Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

Friday, June 06, 2014

The adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars — about two teens with cancer — is among the year's most anticipated films, but David Edelstein wasn't impressed.

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