David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

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.


'The Big Short' Puts A Suspenseful, Comic Spin On The 2008 Financial Meltdown

Friday, December 11, 2015

Adam McKay lampoons the financiers who contributed to the collapse of the subprime mortgage market in his new film, The Big Short. Critic David Edelstein calls it "one of the best films of the year."


Spike Lee Pits Sex Against Guns In A Powerful Message Movie

Friday, December 04, 2015

Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, is an adaptation of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which women withhold sex to get their men to stop fighting. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "sexy, brash and potent."


High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In 'Carol'

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Todd Haynes' new film chronicles a lesbian affair between a middle-aged married woman and a young store clerk. Critic David Edelstein says Carol captures the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.


'Mockingjay — Part 2' Ends The 'Hunger Games' Series With A Potent Anti-War Message

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss in the final film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games novels. Critic David Edelstein says that the saga ends "less with a bang than a whimper."


Old And New Worlds Collide In An Unpredictable, Lovely 'Brooklyn'

Friday, November 13, 2015

Saoirse Ronan plays a homesick Irish immigrant forced to choose between two suitors – and two countries — in the new film, Brooklyn. Critic David Edelstein says the movie "plays like a dream."


All-Star 'Spotlight' Cast Creates A Riveting Movie About Investigative Journalism

Friday, November 06, 2015

A new film chronicles the real-life team of reporters who exposed a network of pedophile priests and Church enablers in Boston. Critic David Edelstein calls Spotlight a brilliant work.


Black Comedy 'Crisis' Is Marred By A Hollywood Ending

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sandra Bullock is a high-strung political consultant on the loose in Bolivia in Our Brand is Crisis. Critic David Edelstein says that despite clunky touches, the film offers "good screwball turns."


'Experimenter' Revisits A Decades-Old Trial Of Free Will And Compassion

Friday, October 23, 2015

A new film revisits a controversial 1961 social science experiment in which volunteer subjects were asked to administer electrical shocks to other human beings. David Edelstein reviews Experimenter.


'Room' Transforms A Lurid Crime Story Into A Fairy Tale With A Boy Hero

Friday, October 16, 2015

In Lenny Abrahamson's new film, a 5-year-old boy lives with his mother in a prison fashioned by a psychopath. Critic David Edelstein calls Room an amazing and "heart-stopping" survival story.


'The Martian' Is A Gripping, Out-Of-This World Space Saga

Friday, October 02, 2015

Ridley Scott's new film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. Critic David Edelstein says The Martian features special effects that make you feel like you are seeing the real red planet.


'99 Homes': A Morality Play Built On Foreclosures And Evictions

Friday, September 25, 2015

In Ramin Bahrani's new film, a man forces others out of their homes in an effort to save his own. Critic David Edelstein says 99 Homes shines a spotlight on a "poisonous financial ecosystem."


'Sicario' Offers A Stupendous, Morally Chaotic Dive Into The Drug Wars

Friday, September 18, 2015

A military task force takes on a notorious drug lord in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says, Sicario works "like gangbusters ... except you're haunted by what thrilled you."


'Sleeping With Other People': A Romantic Comedy That Breaks With Convention

Friday, September 11, 2015

In Leslye Headland's new sex comedy, two serial cheaters meet up years after a one-night stand. Critic David Edelstein says the film mixes emotional weirdness with sexual frankness — in a good way.