David Edelstein

David Edelstein is a film critic for New York magazine and for NPR's Fresh Air, and an occasional commentator on film for CBS Sunday Morning. He has also written film criticism for the Village Voice, The New York Post, and Rolling Stone, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times' Arts & Leisure section.

A member of the National Society of Film Critics, he is the author of the play Blaming Mom, and the co-author of Shooting to Kill (with producer Christine Vachon).

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11:15am

Fri December 19, 2014
Movie Reviews

The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:48 am

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11:32am

Fri December 12, 2014
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Depicting An Unstable Era, 'Inherent Vice' Never Jells, But It's Addictive

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11:42am

Fri December 5, 2014
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Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

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12:42pm

Tue November 25, 2014
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Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:25 pm

Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech in The Imitation Game.
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Major studios once churned out scores of great-person biographical pictures. But now you rarely see them except during awards season. They're prime Oscar bait. The new Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory Of Everything, is a perfect specimen. It's a letdown, finally, but Eddie Redmayne is amazingly tough. He captures the fury inside Hawking's twisted frame.

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11:56am

Fri November 14, 2014
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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

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12:06pm

Fri October 10, 2014
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In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

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12:35pm

Fri October 3, 2014
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'Gone Girl': A Gripping Film That's More Fun Than The Book

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2:32pm

Fri September 26, 2014
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British Coalminers Strike With A Gay Coalition In 'Pride,' A Crowd-Pleaser

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11:47am

Mon September 8, 2014
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In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

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12:44pm

Fri August 8, 2014
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In The Irish Film 'Calvary,' A Priest's Crisis Of Faith Is Weirdly Jokey

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:57 pm

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2:05pm

Fri August 1, 2014
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Sailing Through Space With 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'? Hilarious

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 8:57 am

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DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. The newest film adaptation of a Marvel comic is "Guardians of the Galaxy," which features five Motley warriors against an armada of space villains. Film critic David Edelstein has this review.

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11:13am

Fri July 25, 2014
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:18 am

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12:28pm

Fri July 11, 2014
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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

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This is FRESH AIR. Our film critic David Edelstein has a review of the new film "Boyhood." It was written and directed by Richard Linklater, who also made the movies, "Slacker," "Dazed And Confused," "School Of Rock," "The Before Sunrise" Trilogy and "Bernie." "Boyhood" covers a dozen years and was shot over a 12 year period. It stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and newcomer Ellar Coltrane as the boy we watch grow up.

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12:14pm

Thu July 3, 2014
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In Charming Film 'Begin Again,' Music Can Save A Life

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9:58am

Fri June 27, 2014
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In The Mood For Apocalypse? Skip 'Transformers,' See 'Snowpiercer'

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:25 am

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This is FRESH AIR. Opening today, in many theaters, is the fourth in Michael Bay's "Transformer" series, "Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction." It's inspired by the Hasbro toys that turn mostly cars and trucks into robots. Another very different kind of apocalyptic, action movie that rolls out today is "Snowpiercer" by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, who made the acclaimed giant monster film, "The Host." Film critic David Edelstein has these reviews.

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1:00pm

Fri June 20, 2014
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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

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This is FRESH AIR. Film critic, David Edelstein, reviews two movies based on shows he saw on Broadway - the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons musical, "Jersey Boys," directed for the screen by Clint Eastwood and the David Ives play "Venus In Fur," filmed by Roman Polanski.

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12:58pm

Fri June 13, 2014
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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 2:33 pm

Jenny Slate plays Donna, a standup comic who gets pregnant after sleeping with an earnest, Vermont-bred business student named Max (Jake Lacy).
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Obvious Child centers on Donna Stern, an aspiring standup comic in her late 20s who's out of her depth in the grown-up world. After getting smashed and having unprotected sex with a guy she barely knows, Donna discovers she's pregnant and decides to have an abortion. It shouldn't be a particularly earthshaking turn. But in a world of rom-coms like Knocked Up and Juno, in which the heroines make the heartwarming decision to go ahead with their pregnancies, this modest little indie movie feels momentous.

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11:02am

Fri June 6, 2014
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Beautiful Acting Aside, It Isn't Hard To Find Fault In 'Our Stars'

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 1:40 pm

Ansel Elgort (Augustus) and Shailene Woodley (Hazel) star in The Fault in Our Stars, the film adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel about two teens with cancer.
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I know people who cried at the trailer of the romantic teen cancer movie The Fault in Our Stars — at the movie they'll need a life preserver to keep from drowning in a flood of tears. Me, I didn't cry, though at times my tear ducts tingled; I was on the verge. The film is a little slick for my taste, too engineered. But it's gently directed by Josh Boone and beautifully acted. Whatever the faults, it's not in the stars.

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10:04am

Fri May 16, 2014
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'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 1:41 pm

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Since 1954, the fire-breathing behemoth Godzilla has had many incarnations. In the Japanese original he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb but in later films he would fight other giant monsters and even space aliens. In 1998 there was a poorly received American remake by Roland Emmerich. Now comes another American version at a time when the restored original is also in theaters and available on DVD.

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10:11am

Fri May 9, 2014
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'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 11:40 am

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final film roles, stars as Mickey in "God's Pocket," the new movie directed by John Slattery. Slattery is famous for his role as Roger Sterling on TV's "Mad Men" and over the years has directed several episodes of that AMC series. He makes the transition to feature film directing with "God's Pocket" which he and Alex Metcalf adapted from the 1983 novel by Pete Dexter.

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