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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11:11am

Wed December 24, 2014
Movie Reviews

In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 2:06 pm

Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role. Made over the course of 12 years, the film is David Edelstein's favorite of the year.
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"This is a very, very depressing year for film," critic David Edelstein tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "because none of the great material came from Hollywood studios."

Studios, he says, direct their financial resources into sequels and comic-book movies, which leaves little room for "creative expression, and for doing something weird and potentially boundary-moving."

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1:48pm

Fri December 19, 2014
Movie Reviews

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

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1:32pm

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

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1:42pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Movie Reviews

Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

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2:42pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Movie Reviews

Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:25 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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1:56pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

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3:10pm

Wed November 5, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Interstellar': A Good Old-Fashioned Chunk Of Sci-Fi Silliness

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3:10pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Citizenfour': A Paranoid Conspiracy Documentary About Edward Snowden

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1:48pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Birdman' Follows A Film Actor Frantic To Prove Himself Onstage

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2:06pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Movie Reviews

In 'Whiplash,' A Young Drummer Plays Till He Bleeds

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