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David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

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British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

Friday, September 26, 2014

The film is based on a true story about the '80s strike Margaret Thatcher vowed to break. It's full of the Britain's best actors, and nearly every line makes you cackle or puts a lump in your throat.

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A Detective's 'Walk Among The Tombstones' Is Gripping But Unsatisfying

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the '70s, novelist Lawrence Block created New York private investigator Matthew Scudder who chases extreme bad guys. Liam Neeson now plays the character the new grisly film directed by Scott Frank.

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In 'The Drop,' Mob Bosses Bully Sad Characters At A Bar In Brooklyn

Friday, September 12, 2014

The film based on Dennis Lehane's short story Animal Rescue is supposed be a thriller, but the narrative doesn't have much urgency. The reason it's worth seeing? James Gandolfini is at his peak.

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In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

Monday, September 08, 2014

The British drama depicts remarkable characters, including an angry teenager who meets two father figures behind bars. It's a prison film that's shattering beyond physical violence.

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In The Irish Film 'Cavalry,' A Priest's Crisis Of Faith Is Weirdly Jokey

Friday, August 08, 2014

John Michael McDonagh's new movie stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest who must eventually face off against a killer. It's excruciatingly obvious and inept, but Gleeson brings it alive.

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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Friday, August 01, 2014

The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Friday, July 25, 2014

The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel. The movie isn't a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.

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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Friday, July 11, 2014

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.

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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Keira Knightley plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter who teams up with a drunken producer in Begin Again. Irish director John Carney, who had a surprise hit with the musical Once, hit his mark again.

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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Friday, June 27, 2014

Film critic David Edelstein says Snowpiercer — a dystopian film based on a French graphic novel — is far more invigorating and potent than Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.

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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.

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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Friday, June 13, 2014

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.

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Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

Friday, June 06, 2014

The adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars — about two teens with cancer — is among the year's most anticipated films, but David Edelstein wasn't impressed.

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'The Immigrant': An Ellis Island Period Drama From James Gray

Friday, May 23, 2014

In the director's latest film, Marion Cotillard plays a Polish woman trying to free her sister from the island's infirmary and Joaquin Phoenix co-stars as a shady businessman.

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'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Friday, May 16, 2014

In the Japanese original, he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb, but in later films he fought other giant monsters and even space aliens. The latest Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Friday, May 09, 2014

Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. In one of his last film roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as hapless Mickey Scarpato.

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'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster

Friday, May 02, 2014

Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's new film centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun.

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In 'Locke,' A Man's Life Unravels En Route To London

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is the only person the audience sees in this daring film by Steven Knight. Viewers spend an hour and a half in the car with him, on a solo drive from Birmingham to London.

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Undead Hipsters And An Abstract Alien Star In Two Arty Horror Pics

Friday, April 18, 2014

Every so often an arthouse director dips a toe into the horror genre and you realize vampires and space aliens are subjects too rich to be the property of schlockmeisters, says critic David Edelstein.

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In 'Noah,' Earth And The Bible Get A Computer-Generated Reboot

Friday, March 28, 2014

Darren Aronofsky's latest film is a big-budget Bible story called, simply, Noah. Russell Crowe plays the title character, and the movie also features Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.

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