David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

'Last Jedi' Puts The Smarts — And The Heart — Back Into The 'Star Wars' Franchise

Friday, December 15, 2017

The late Carrie Fisher makes her final appearance — now as General Leia — in Star Wars Episode VIII. Critic David Edelstein says The Last Jedi is nothing short of terrific.


'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater

Friday, December 08, 2017

In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.


Delusions Of Grandeur Take Center Stage In James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'

Friday, December 01, 2017

Critic David Edlestein says Franco sends audiences into hysterics as the director and star of a new biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an oddball filmmaker with vision and drive — but very little talent.


'Three Billboards' Is a Vigilante-Revenge Thriller That Goes Off The Rails

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Frances McDormand is a woman seeking justice for her murdered daughter in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. David Edelstein calls the film "fascinating, then perplexing, then annoying."


'Lady Bird' Soars With An Intimate Portrait Of Mother-Daughter Angst

Friday, November 03, 2017

The title character of Greta Gerwig's new comedy is a Sacramento high school senior who's in a love-hate relationship with her mother. Critic David Edelstein says Lady Bird is "packed with insight."


'Novitiate' Captures A Watershed Moment In The Life Of The Catholic Church

Friday, October 27, 2017

Margaret Betts' debut film centers on a young woman entering the convent at the beginning of the Vatican II reforms. Critic David Edelstein says Novitiate is a "terrific start" to Betts' career.


Director Agnes Varda And French Artist JR Team Up In Road Picture 'Faces Places'

Monday, October 16, 2017

The odd couple travels around France in the new documentary, photographing strangers and making murals out of their portraits. Critic David Edelstein calls it an "entirely down to earth" art film.


Don't Expect To Have Your Mind Blown By 'Blade Runner 2049'

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Thirty-five years after the first Blade Runner premiered, Ryan Gosling stars in its sequel. Critic David Edelstein says the new film, though absorbing, is ultimately "just OK."


Farcical And Madcap, 'American Made' Stars Tom Cruise At His Best

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cruise plays a drug-smuggling pilot working for the DEA, CIA and Medellin Cartel in his new film, a dark comedy set in the '80s. Critic David Edelstein calls American Made "breathlessly entertaining."


'Trophy' Reveals The Convoluted Economics Of African Big Game Hunting

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Shaul Schwarz's new documentary explores the complex relationship between hunters and conservationist. Critic David Edelstein praises the "tangled sympathies" Trophy elicits.


Self-Aggrandizing, Interminable 'Mother!' Mixes Fantasy And Reality

Friday, September 15, 2017

Writer-director Darren Aronofsky's new film is set in a large country house where a young woman, played by Jennifer Lawrence, finds herself under siege by unwanted guests.


A Coney Island Teen Struggles To Come To Terms With His Sexuality In 'Beach Rats'

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eliza Hittman's second film focuses on a repressed gay teenager living in a culture of intense sexual exhibitionism. Critic David Edelstein calls Beach Rats "feverish and gripping."


Haunting 'Marjorie Prime' Is Suffused With Forgiveness And Despair

Monday, August 21, 2017

The new film is set in the near future, when people can purchase holographic versions of their dead loved ones. This drama isn't about technology — it's sci-fi as a means of exploring our inner lives.


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.


'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.


'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.


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."


'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.


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.


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.