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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1:43pm

Fri February 6, 2015
Movie Reviews

Second 'SpongeBob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

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3:09pm

Fri January 30, 2015
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When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

Mehdi A.G. Mohamed (left) plays Issan, the orphaned boy who lives with a family outside Timbuktu. The family decides not to leave when radical Islamists come to impose Sharia, or Islamic law.
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The word "Timbuktu" is slang in the West for East of Nowhere, but in the film Timbuktu, this city in Mali on the edge of the Sahara is an epicenter, a volatile crossroads for several distinct cultures. There are African women in radiant colors, white-garbed Muslim men in mosques, fishermen who live along the river and nomadic herders who pitch their tents on dunes. And then there are the most recent arrivals: an al-Qaida-affiliated group called Ansar Dine that in 2012 took over Timbuktu and announced the enforcement of Sharia, or Islamic law.

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1:59pm

Fri January 16, 2015
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'Still Alice' Is A Triumph For Julianne Moore, But The Rest Of Film Is Thin

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1:14pm

Fri January 9, 2015
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The 'Selma' Criticism For How It Portrays Lyndon B. Johnson: Is It Fair?

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 2:38 pm

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11:11am

Wed December 24, 2014
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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
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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
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Prayers And Holy Water Can't Exorcise The Terrifying 'Babadook'

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2:42pm

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

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 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
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'Foxcatcher': A Bloated True-Crime Story Based On Wealthy Heir John du Pont

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