NPR: 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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1:58pm

Fri April 24, 2015
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Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

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1:17pm

Fri April 17, 2015
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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

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1:30pm

Fri April 10, 2015
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In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

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1:15pm

Fri March 27, 2015
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In 'While We're Young,' The Border Between Ridicule And Sympathy Is Thin

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1:36pm

Fri March 13, 2015
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Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

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1:43pm

Fri March 6, 2015
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In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

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1:44pm

Fri February 27, 2015
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'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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1:34pm

Fri February 20, 2015
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In These Six 'Wild Tales,' Humans Morph Into Destructive Forces Of Nature

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1:52pm

Fri February 13, 2015
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If You Strip The Bondage, '50 Shades' Is A Conventional Love Story

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1:18pm

Fri February 6, 2015
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Second 'SpongeBob' Movie Is A Nonsensical, Loud, Choppy Triumph

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2:29pm

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

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

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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2:38pm

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

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12:34pm

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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1:15pm

Fri December 19, 2014
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The Strange World — And Life — Of 'Mr. Turner'

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 1:48 pm

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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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4:19pm

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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3:00pm

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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