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David Edelstein

David Edelstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap feels deceptively loose, even rambling, but as the seasons pass (the film takes place over four years), you begin to feel Liu's drive toward catharsis for all three of his main characters.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
100% Blaze (2018) Hawke obviously loves hanging out with Dickey's Foley, adjusting to his rhythms, suggesting through his pacing that he never wants to leave this milieu.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
94% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Once the audience adjusts to its rhythms, it exerts a powerful fascination.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee doesn't do subtlety. But the movie is very entertaining and comes with a stupendous, lushly melodic score by Terence Blanchard.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
90% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Madeline's Madeline is thrillingly confounding.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Though slow, it's intense, and you're hooked from its first scene... to its last, wrenching image. Spiro is a real filmmaker.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
47% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The movie runs down at the two-thirds mark. ... There's plenty to hold you, though.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
90% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The power of Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is cumulative.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
78% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) We are left to contemplate this vision of Fascism as a machine that, once turned on, can sustain itself even in the absence of explicit direction from above.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout... isn't the best of the bunch (that would be number four, Brad Bird's Ghost Protocol), but it's easily the second-best and certainly the Cruise-iest, meaning it's nearly as entertaining as it is strenuous. Which is a mighty high bar!‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
90% Far From the Tree (2018) Far From the Tree throws so much at you that you'll want to pick up the book and read (or reread) it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper is one of the stupidest movies I've seen since San Andreas, but I enjoyed it a great deal - more than San Andreas, certainly, as well as Rampage and Baywatch and most other Dwayne Johnson pictures.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
98% Eighth Grade (2018) If there's a more haunting portrait of what it's like to grow up now, I'm not sure I could take it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
53% The First Purge (2018) God help me, I'm torn down the middle, but that exposed middle is where the horror genre plants its seeds.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The payoffs aren't plot points but the gags, which somehow defuse the tension without turning the picture into camp. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Tim Wardle has shaped the film as a detective story in which the more pieces of the puzzle are filled in, the more disgusted and infuriated we become. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
53% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) The writer-director, Christian Papierniak, made his name with the video game NBA 2K18. He appears to be trying to split the difference between that arena and the world of "edgy" indie female-driven comedy.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
35% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) The movie is well-crafted, but it doesn't have the fullness you'd expect in a movie with so much believe-it-or-not weirdness. It feels more like a nifty anecdote.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
51% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries is earnest in way that partly makes up for the overbroad characters and stale setup.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) The heart of Leave No Trace is the rapport between the father and daughter, and McKenzie and Foster are keyed to each other's movements, perhaps even each other's thoughts. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
74% The Happy Prince (2018) The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2 is, much like its predecessor, delightful as an animated feature but really, really delightful as a superhero picture.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
82% Nancy (2018) Nancy is a grim piece of work, but Choe's empathy for her protagonist gives the film its distinctive texture - woebegone, with flickers of both hope and dread.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Kids need the antic and unruly as much as they need the soft acceptance of Fred Rogers. But there is no doubt that we miss him, badly.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The movie plays like a strenuous imitation of Steven Spielberg instead of the real deal.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) When you pare away its demonic accoutrements, you're left with the most intractably nightmarish arena of all: hearth and home.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
20% Action Point (2018) I laughed like a hyena during the movie: It's liberating to be told - implicitly - that for 90 minutes you don't have to worry about real-world consequences.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
86% American Animals (2018) Layton roots the story in a mixture of peer pressure, toxic masculinity, and the dread of young men who feel the fruits of capitalism growing beyond their reach.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
98% The Tale (2018) Fox does well by her protagonists - both of them.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
94% First Reformed (2018) The searching loss-of-faith drama First Reformed is the happy result of Paul Schrader's entering the what-the-hell-let's-go-for-it stage of his long and bravely self-lacerating career.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) If the filmmakers were as self-reflexive as they pretend to be, they'd find a way to show that Deadpool's insides are becoming as charred as his face.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
21% Terminal (2018) What's Terminal about? It's about 90 minutes. That's a cheap shot, but since the film doesn't establish a baseline of reality, it's hard to pick out a premise.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Ah, but is it a good revenge movie? Oui, vraiment, and one that doesn't leave you feeling particularly sordid.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
94% RBG (2018) Even with such rich material, the movie can be a tad prosaic. But as you listen to Ginsburg read her words, you begin to perceive the secret of her power.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
71% The Rachel Divide (2018) Brownson has done exactly what she needed to: show how Dolezal was formed, how society responded to her insistence that "race is a construct," and how she's coping in the face of such relentless hatred.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
67% The Seagull (2018) Arkadina is one of literature's most narcissistic mothers - which is saying something - and yet Bening makes her damnably human.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Marvel's triumph is not that we are loyal audiences, not even loyal fans. We are slaves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
86% Tully (2018) The Tully-Marlo relationship is born of solipsism and inner drama, and Cody turns out to be amazingly gifted at it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
47% Marrowbone (2018) Marrowbone is proof that with a strong sense of place and characters an audience cares about, you can make a good horror movie without games, gimmicks, or even much narrative coherence.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
67% 10x10 (2018) A critic can't say much about this movie except it works up a good amount of lather and how much you like it will depend on how surprised you are by its zigs and zags.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Everything here...feels slotted into an existing template.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
82% Beirut (2018) In the tightly plotted espionage thriller Beirut, Jon Hamm has finally gotten a movie script that lets him strut his stuff.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
81% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Michelle Pfeiffer is stunning as a desperate, near-destitute woman whose life is shrouded in darkness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) Beneath the whacking, smutty, in-your-face teen sex farce, Blockers is a mature, thoughtful exploration of parental responsibility and the capacity of burgeoning adults to navigate life's difficult choices.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
74% Paterno (2018) Paterno's makers, director Barry Levinson and writers Debora Cahn and John C. Richards, have a risky idea that mostly pays off: They've constructed their film around a vacuum.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Plays out simultaneously like a political thriller, a tale of injustice, and a rewriting of a beloved public figure - and had me immediately searching Wikipedia to devour more details.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski gets terrific performances from everyone: It's a convincing family. Which is nice, in a way, despite the ghastliness of the situation.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
48% The Last Movie Star (2018) The Last Movie Star strikes a note of banality in its first sequence from which it rarely deviates.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
88% Love After Love (2018) I found it a great masochistic experience.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) A lively and agreeable work of fanboy art - a first-rate film fashioned from secondhand materials.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018