David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

'Star Trek Beyond' Is An Unapologetically Wild Ride, Steeped In Human Drama

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Enterprise has been destroyed and its inhabitants have been thrown to the winds in the latest of the Star Trek series. Critic David Edelstein calls it a well-made action-adventure film.


Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Friday, July 15, 2016

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."


A Boy With Autism Makes Connections Through Cartoons In 'Life, Animated'

Friday, July 08, 2016

A new documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, a boy with autism whose love of Disney helps him navigate the world. David Edelstein calls Life, Animated "heartbreaking and exhilarating."


'BFG' Is A 'Delumptious' Pairing Of A Happy Child And A Radiant Old Soul

Friday, July 01, 2016

Steven Spielberg's latest movie is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book about a big friendly giant. Critic David Edelstein says the BFG is "pure joy" — especially in its second half.


A 'Wiener-Dog' Sows The Seeds Of Tragedy In New Film

Monday, June 27, 2016

Todd Solondz's new film consists of four episodes linked by a female dachshund, who has four different owners and four different names. Critic David Edelstein calls Wiener-Dog tragic and inspiring.


'Finding Dory' Makes A Big Splash, With Slapstick Humor And Witty Dialog

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres gives voice to a memory-challenged fish in search of her parents in Pixar's follow-up to its 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Critic David Edelstein says Finding Dory is full of laughs.


'Genius' Offers A High-Toned Look At The Editor-Writer Relationship

Friday, June 10, 2016

A new film tells the story of book editor Max Perkins, who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Critic David Edelstein says Genius "isn't quite ingenious enough."


'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

Friday, May 27, 2016

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.


The 'Other Woman' Tries To Fix The Marriage She Destroyed In 'Maggie's Plan'

Friday, May 20, 2016

In Rebecca Miller's comedy, an affair leads to divorce and remarriage — until the new wife decides she wants out. Critic David Edelstein says that Maggie's Plan doesn't quite come together.


Jane Austen's 'Love & Friendship' Comes To Screen, And It's An Absolute Treat

Friday, May 13, 2016

An impoverished widow has designs on a married lord — and a plans for her own teenage daughter — in Whit Stillman's adaptation of the Austen novella, Lady Susan. Critic David Edelstein has a review.


Superheroes Engage In All Out 'Civil War' In The Latest 'Captain America' Film

Friday, May 06, 2016

The new movie from Marvel Studios features almost all the members of the Avengers superhero collective. Critic David Edelstein calls it an irresistible hodgepodge of special effects and superheroes.


A White House Meeting Brings Together 2 Lost Souls In 'Elvis & Nixon'

Friday, April 29, 2016

A new film imagines what happened when Elvis Presley met President Nixon on Dec. 21, 1970. Film critic David Edelstein says Elvis & Nixon "shows the crazy-making insulation of celebrity."


'Huntsman' And 'Tale Of Tales' Put A Modern Spin On Classic Fairy Tales

Friday, April 22, 2016

Critic David Edelstein reviews The Huntsman: Winter's War, a sequel to the 2012 movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Tale of Tales, an adaptation of a group of 17th century Italian folk stories.


Thrilling And Kinetic, Updated 'Jungle Book' Is 'A Triumph'

Friday, April 15, 2016

Jon Favreau's adaptation of the Disney classic reprises the story of a little boy raised by wolves. Critic David Edelstein says The Jungle Book seamlessly blends computer animation and storytelling.


A Family Drama Unfolds Through Shifting Viewpoints In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Point-of-view is passed like a baton among the tortured main characters in Joachim Trier's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Louder than Bombs is intimate, touching and "insistently alive."


'Miles Ahead' Shows A Dissipated Davis Who Still Burns Hot

Friday, April 01, 2016

The new Miles Davis biopic begins in the 1970s, at the end of Davis' five-year hiatus from the music scene. Critic David Edelstein calls Don Cheadle's portrayal of the musician "electrifying."


Batman Takes On Superman In A Dour, Bombastic 'Dawn Of Justice'

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Director Zack Snyder layers subplot on top of subplot in his film of battling superheroes. Critic David Edelstein says Batman v. Superman is full of fragments and teases, and overall, "just awful."


'Krisha' Offers A Vivid, Unique Portrait Of Family Dysfunction

Friday, March 18, 2016

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults cast his own family in his home-for-Thanksgiving psychodrama. Reviewer David Edelstein says Krisha "marks the arrival of a truly adventurous, humanist filmmaker."


Tina Fey's War-Zone 'Foxtrot' Falls Out Of Step

Friday, March 04, 2016

Fey plays a neophyte reporter charged with covering the Afghanistan occupation in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Critic David Edestein says the film isn't bad, so much as "shapeless and blandly apolitical."


New York Values in Film: Striving

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Film critic David Edelstein talks about films that depict what it's like to strive in New York, like "Saturday Night Fever" and "Francis Ha."