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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1:47 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Not All Sequels Are Equal: Following Up To 'Terminator', 'Magic Mike'

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1:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

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11:42 am
Fri June 12, 2015

A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

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3:37 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

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4:21 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Casey (Britt Robertson) experiences a fantastic futuristic world in Tomorrowland.
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Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:34 pm

Much of Brad Bird's Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is terrific fun, but it's one of the strangest family movies I've seen: Bird's not just making a case for hope, he's making a furious, near-hysterical case against anti-hope.

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3:04 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

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1:56 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

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3:42 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

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1:58 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

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1:17 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

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1:30 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

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1:15 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

In 'While We're Young,' The Border Between Ridicule And Sympathy Is Thin

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1:36 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 1:37 pm

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1:43 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

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1:44 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

'Maps To The Stars': Either The Funniest Horror Movie, Or The Most Horrific Comedy

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 3:43 pm

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1:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

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1:52 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

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1:18 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

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

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2:29 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

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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Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:09 pm

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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1:59 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

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

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