David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Friday, December 02, 2016

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.


Bleak, Mournful 'Manchester By The Sea' Packs An Emotional Punch

Friday, November 18, 2016

Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.


Sci-Fi Saga 'Arrival' Asks: Can Humans Learn To Speak The Language Of Aliens?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Amy Adams plays a professor tasked with talking to eight-tentacled aliens in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Arrival is a strange and tantalizing puzzle.


Mel Gibson Pours Fever And Passion Into Every Frame Of 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Gibson's new movie tells the story of the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. Critic David Edelstein says Hacksaw Ridge is the work of a remarkable filmmaker.


Lush And Romantic 'Handmaiden' Is The Year's Most Irresistible Love Story

Friday, October 28, 2016

Though he's known for making quasi-horror films, director Park Chan-wook's latest movie is a melodrama set in 1930s Korea. Critic David Edelstein says The Handmaiden is fun and full of twists.


Documentary Offers A Wrenching Look At America's First Modern Gun Massacre

Friday, October 14, 2016

The animated film Tower revisits the day, in 1966, when a gunman began shooting from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin. Critic David Edelstein calls the movie "extraordinary."


'Birth Of A Nation' Conforms To Hollywood's Standard Revenge Template

Friday, October 07, 2016

The new movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt, is a righteous-vigilante tale — and an answer to D.W. Griffith's 1915 film of the same name.


'American Honey' Trains Its Lens On Traveling Magazine Crews

Friday, September 30, 2016

Andrea Arnold's new movie about a teenage girl who takes up with an unusual group of salespeople won a the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "wonderful" film.


It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Friday, September 23, 2016

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."


Oliver Stone Puts A Melodramatic Spin On 'Snowden' And The Surveillance State

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stone's new film presents the exiled former NSA contractor as a heroic whistle-blower. Critic David Edelstein says movie's take on Snowden is entertaining — but also a bit one-sided.


An Unforgettable 208-Second Flight Creates A Bureaucratic Frenzy In 'Sully'

Friday, September 09, 2016

A new film stars Tom Hanks as the airline captain who made an emergency landing on the Hudson in 2009. Critic David Edelstein says that Sully's flight sequence is by far the best part of the film.


When Barack Met Michelle: 'Southside With You' Recreates The Obamas' First Date

Friday, August 26, 2016

Richard Tanne's new film is a dramatization of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's mix of politics and romance has a "naive kind of charm."


Robbers And Rangers Collide In 'Hell Or High Water'

Friday, August 12, 2016

Two masked robbers clean out small branches of a Texas bank in David Mackenzie's new neo-Western. Critic David Edelstein calls Hell or High Water a work of "broad scale and deep feeling."


'Little Men' Combines Stark Economic Realities With Hope For A Better Future

Friday, August 05, 2016

As their parents engage in a bitter real-estate dispute, the friendship between two adolescent boys deepens in Ira Sach's new film. Critic David Edelstein calls Little Men "quietly devastating."


'Jason Bourne' Returns, In A Dizzying And Frenetic Thriller

Friday, July 29, 2016

Actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass pair up again for another chapter in the series about a rogue CIA assassin. Critic David Edelstein says Jason Bourne is very flashy — but not much fun.


'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.