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David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Friday, May 22, 2015

Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.

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Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Friday, May 15, 2015

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."

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Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Friday, May 08, 2015

The zombie movie Maggie examines an array of cultural anxieties such as plague, environmental catastrophe and big government. Critic David Edelstein says the film is more art flick than blockbuster.

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Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Friday, May 01, 2015

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury — and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."

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Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Friday, April 17, 2015

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Friday, April 10, 2015

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.

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In 'While We're Young,' The Border Between Ridicule And Sympathy Is Thin

Friday, March 27, 2015

Noah Baumbach's new comedy is about a couple in their 40s who befriend 20-something hipsters and go wild. It gets off to a fun start, but two-thirds of the way through takes a surprising turn.

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Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Friday, March 13, 2015

The film is about a teenage girl who sleeps with a boy and is suddenly under a curse. Critic David Edelstein says he didn't enjoy feeling "sick with dread," but the ending is unexpectedly moving.

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In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

Friday, March 06, 2015

The film is about an English private who is cut off from his unit in the middle of a riot in Belfast in 1971. It's a conventional and smashingly good chase melodrama, but it's also a tragedy.

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'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

Friday, February 27, 2015

In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It's full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.

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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Argentinean film co-produced by Pedro Almodovar is up for an Oscar for best foreign language film. It features a drunk teenager who runs over a woman and an angry bride at a glitzy Jewish wedding.

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Second 'Spongebob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.

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The 'Selma' Criticism For How It Portrays Lyndon B. Johnson: Is It Fair?

Friday, January 09, 2015

The film about Martin Luther King's marches for voting rights is being accused of alleged historical inaccuracies. Critic David Edelstein says that's "not entirely" fair, and it's still a great movie.

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In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Film critic David Edelstein says in 2014 none of the great material came from Hollywood studios. But, he says, it was a "wonderful year" for indie films. He names Boyhood as the best of the year.

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The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

Friday, December 19, 2014

The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He's a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.

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Depicting An Unstable Era, 'Inherent Vice' Never Jells, But It's Addictive

Friday, December 12, 2014

The film, based on Thomas Pynchon's novel, is set in 1970 in a beach town south of Los Angeles. With wonderful actors, it's like a gorgeous stoner art object: groovy, campy, dreamlike and funny.

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Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

Friday, December 05, 2014

In the Australian chiller, a bogeyman announces himself in a rhyming, pop-up book on a 7-year-old's shelf. But the real horror is that the boy's mom, a grieving widow, is battling psychic demons.

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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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