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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1:48pm

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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2:06pm

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

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2:35pm

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

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4:32pm

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

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1:47pm

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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2:44pm

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 2:57 pm

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4:05pm

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

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:57 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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1:13pm

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 10:18 am

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2:28pm

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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2:14pm

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

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11:58am

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

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 1:25 pm

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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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