David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

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."


New York Values in Film: Romance

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

David Edelstein, film critic for New York Magazine and NPR's Fresh Air, talks about how New York values have been depicted in romance movies set in New York.


New York Values in Film: Crime

Monday, February 29, 2016

David Edelstein, film critic for New York Magazine and NPR's Fresh Air, talks about how crime has been depicted on the big screen.


Long-Term Devastation Springs From A Hasty Judgment Call In 'A War'

Friday, February 19, 2016

Tobias Lindholm's Oscar-nominated film tells the story of a Danish commander's error in judgment during the war in Afghanistan. Critic David Edelstein says A War will "leave you in pieces."


'Deadpool' Gleefully Lampoons The Marvel Universe

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ryan Reynolds stars as a soldier-turned-mutant-super-hero in Marvel's Deadpool. Critic David Edelstein calls the film an "unprecedented R-rated ... romp with dirty sex talk and tons of splatter."


Coen Brothers Spoof Old Hollywood, With Mixed Results, In 'Hail, Caesar!'

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The new period comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen takes place backstage at a 1950s Hollywood studio. Reviewer David Edelstein says that despite flashes of brilliance, the film "feels thin."


Young African-American Muslims Share A Hidden Love In 'Naz & Maalik'

Friday, January 29, 2016

Jay Dockendorf's new film presents a day in the life of two gay African-American teens, who also happen to be devout Muslims. Critic David Edelstein calls Naz & Maalik "excitingly fresh."


The Fog Of War Collides With The Fog Of Michael Bay In '13 Hours'

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bay's new film presents the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya from the perspective of military contractors. Critic David Edelstein says 13 Hours is a "ham-handed but ... generally effective portrait."


Animation Pairs With Soul-Crushing Isolation In 'Anomalisa'

Thursday, January 07, 2016

The new film by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman uses stop-motion animation to tell a quasi-love story. Critic David Edelstein calls Anomalisa amazing — but also creepy and, ultimately, unsatisfying.


The Best Movies of the Year, According to the Pros

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Members of the New York Film Critic Circle discuss their “Best of” nominees in film for 2015. 

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Film Critic David Edelstein Says 2015 Offered An 'Embarrassment Of Riches'

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fresh Air's movie critic had no shortage of material to consider when it came time to make his top 10 list this year.


Rekindling The Spirit Of A Galaxy Far, Far Away In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The newest installment of the Star Wars franchise features many of cast members from George Lucas' '77 classic. Reviewer David Edelstein calls the J.J. Adams' film fun — if not particularly original.