David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

Humor Blends With Tragedy In The Farcical 'Death of Stalin'

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Armando Iannucci's new film satirizes the days in 1953 when the Soviet Union lost its totalitarian leader and members of his inner circle argued, plotted and killed while selecting a successor.


Spy Thriller 'Red Sparrow' Is A Long Slog With Minimal Suspense

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence is unconvincing as the star of the Bolshoi Ballet in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. Critic David Edelstein says the film features "one bad note after another."


Mythic 'Black Panther' Is A Momentous Event In Pop Culture History

Thursday, February 15, 2018

As originally conceived in 1966, the Black Panther was an African king who fought crime in a high-tech panther suit. David Edelstein says Marvel's new film about the character was worth the wait.


Clint Eastwood Celebrates Old-Fashioned Heroism In 'The 15:17 To Paris'

Friday, February 09, 2018

In 2015, three Americans on a Paris-bound train stopped a terrorist attack in progress. Eastwood recreates the incident — and audaciously casts the real-life heroes as themselves — in his new film.


Documentary Offers A Devastating Look At The Obama Administration's 'Final Year'

Friday, January 19, 2018

Greg Barker's new film follows Obama's foreign policy team as they set about negotiating an arms deal in Iran, a climate accord in Paris and a response to refugee crises in Syria and parts of Africa.


The Vigilant Thriller 'Into The Fade' Melds Tragedy With Nihilism

Monday, January 15, 2018

Diane Kruger plays a German woman whose Turkish husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack. David Edelstein says that despite its crisp storytelling, Into The Fade is "a little disappointing."


'Florida Project' Tops David Edelstein's List Of The Year's Best Films

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

In a year dominated by stories of sexual harassment and abuse, Fresh Air's movie critic says his favorite films featured voices that aren't heard from enough.


'Phantom Thread' Is Deeply Weird And Marvelously Entertaining

Friday, December 22, 2017

Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a British women's fashion designer in the 1950s. Critic David Edelstein says the film is an amusing portrait of artistic and marital anguish.


'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."