David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

A Killing On A Native American Reservation Propels The Mystery-Thriller 'Wind River'

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Law enforcement agents confront a grim scene on the frozen Wyoming landscape in Taylor Sheridan's new film. Critic David Edelstein says that despite some clumsy plotting, Wind River hits home.

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'Detroit' Dramatizes A Deadly '67 Motel Encounter Between Police And Civilians

Friday, July 28, 2017

Kathryn Bigelow recreates a true, largely forgotten incident of brutality in her latest film. Critic David Edelstein says Detroit triggers a sense of powerlessness that is visceral.

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'Lady Macbeth' Is An Icy British Psychodrama About Power And Abuse

Friday, July 14, 2017

Director William Oldroyd's new film is set in late 19th-century England, where a young woman, forced to marry an abrasive older man, engages in an affair with a ruffian servant.

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Breezy 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Offers A Trip Back To A Simpler Time

Friday, July 07, 2017

The fate of the planet isn't at stake in Marvel's latest Spider Man film. Instead, critic David Edelstein says the movie offers a "sublime melding of superhero gravity and high-school panic."

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'Baby Driver' Is An Action-Packed, Elegant Joyride

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Director Edgar Wright rejects computer-generated unreality and instead focuses on breathtaking driving in his new heist thriller. Critic David Edelstein says the result is terrifically entertaining.

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Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

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Why 'The Mummy' Is The Most Important Bad Movie Of The Year

Friday, June 16, 2017

The lousiness of The Mummy isn't the stars' fault — it's the storytelling. Universal has announced plans to make more like it, which is scarier than anything in the movie itself.

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'My Cousin Rachel' Spins A 19th-Century Melodrama About A Mysterious Young Widow

Friday, June 09, 2017

Rachel Weisz plays a widow who might have designs on her cousin's fortune in a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's 1951 novel. Critic David Edelstein says the film will keep viewers in suspense.

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Gal Gadot Shines As 'Wonder Woman,' Despite The Film's By-The-Numbers Plot

Friday, June 02, 2017

DC Comics' new Wonder Woman adaptation centers on a trained warrior who hates war. Critic David Edelstein says the heroine is the best part of the film's "tacky superhero universe."

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'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.

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'Last Men In Aleppo' Captures The Horror And Humanity Of The Syrian Crisis

Friday, May 12, 2017

A new documentary focuses on a group of emergency volunteers in Syria's largest city known as the White Helmets. Critic David Edelstein says Last Men In Aleppo is a powerful and affecting work.

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Is Overlong And Void Of Suspense

Friday, May 05, 2017

Marvel returns to its Guardians superheroes in this sequel, but the resulting film is lacking. Critic David Edelstein calls Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 "a big mess — with dumb jokes."

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Film Adaptation Of 'The Circle' Is Part Satire, Part Moralistic Melodrama

Friday, April 28, 2017

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the remake of Dave Eggers' novel about a giant social media company. Critic David Edelstein says he found much of the acting overheated and the ending confusing.

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An Amazon Adventurer Is Weighed Down By Family Ties In 'Lost City of Z'

Friday, April 14, 2017

An English explorer searches for the remains of a supposed rain forest metropolis in James Gray's new film. Critic David Edelstein says The Lost City Of Z will "pull you in and along."

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Genre-Bending 'Colossal' Mixes Monster Metaphor With Romantic Comedy

Friday, April 07, 2017

Anne Hathaway plays a woman mysteriously linked to a monster in South Korea in her latest film. Critic David Edelstein says Colossal shows that "even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends."

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A Middle-Aged Misanthrope Reconnects With His Long Lost Daughter In 'Wilson'

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daniel Clowes' angst-ridden graphic novel is the basis for a new film starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Critic David Edelstein says Wilson's abrasive protagonist is worth getting to know.

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With 'T2: Trainspotting,' Director Danny Boyle Proves You can Go Home Again

Friday, March 17, 2017

More than 20 years after the release of the original film about a band of thieving Scottish junkies, Boyle returns to the same characters. Critic David Edelstein calls the new film "tremendous fun."

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'Sense Of An Ending' Lacks The Punch Of The Prize-Winning Novel It's Based On

Friday, March 10, 2017

The film tells the story of an emotionally shut-down man who gradually learns that the events of his past are not as he remembers. David Edelstein says the movie, unlike the book, is a "non-event."

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The X-Men Franchise Takes An Intense, Scorched-Earth Turn With 'Logan'

Friday, March 03, 2017

Major characters go down in showers of blood and gore in the latest stand-alone Wolverine film. Critic David Edelstein says that Logan is an "incredibly bleak ... crackerjack piece of work."

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'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.

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