1. Fresh Air film critic David Edelstein reviews The Fault in Our Stars: 

I know people who cried at the trailer of the romantic teen cancer movie The Fault in Our Stars—at the movie they’ll need a life preserver to keep from drowning in a flood of tears. Me, I didn’t cry, though at times my tear ducts tingled; I was on the verge. The film is a little slick for my taste, too engineered. But it’s gently directed by Josh Boone and beautifully acted. Whatever the faults, it’s not in the stars.



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    Fresh Air film critic David Edelstein reviews The Fault in Our Stars

    I know people who cried at the trailer of the romantic teen cancer movie The Fault in Our Stars—at the movie they’ll need a life preserver to keep from drowning in a flood of tears. Me, I didn’t cry, though at times my tear ducts tingled; I was on the verge. The film is a little slick for my taste, too engineered. But it’s gently directed by Josh Boone and beautifully acted. Whatever the faults, it’s not in the stars.

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    movie review

    david edelstein

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    cancer

  1. The Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski is best known for the English language film My Summer of Love, a lesbian coming-of-age film that was a breakthrough for actress Emily Blunt. His new film, Ida, centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she’s on the brink of becoming a nun. David Edelstein says: 

"To call Ida a “female coming-of-age” movie doesn’t begin to capture its eerie luster; its stark, black-and-white palette; its boxy, static frames…The style conveys much. Until the last minute of the film, the camera is fixed in place, each image evoking the desolation and sense of imprisonment of Poland in the early 1960s. The characters’ heads are always low in the frame. Their lack of power is almost tactile.”


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    The Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski is best known for the English language film My Summer of Love, a lesbian coming-of-age film that was a breakthrough for actress Emily Blunt. His new film, Ida, centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she’s on the brink of becoming a nun. David Edelstein says:

    "To call Ida a “female coming-of-age” movie doesn’t begin to capture its eerie luster; its stark, black-and-white palette; its boxy, static frames…The style conveys much. Until the last minute of the film, the camera is fixed in place, each image evoking the desolation and sense of imprisonment of Poland in the early 1960s. The characters’ heads are always low in the frame. Their lack of power is almost tactile.”

    Still courtesy of Music Box Films

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    pawel pawlikowski

    david edelstein

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  1. David Edelstein reviews All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, a film where his 39-foot boat crashes into a shipping container vessel causing a series of disastrous events:



"As I watched Robert Redford acting all by himself in the superlative survival-at-sea movie All Is Lost, I suddenly realized why the set-up feels so perfect. Redford is most in his element when he’s alone.”


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    David Edelstein reviews All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, a film where his 39-foot boat crashes into a shipping container vessel causing a series of disastrous events:

    "As I watched Robert Redford acting all by himself in the superlative survival-at-sea movie All Is Lost, I suddenly realized why the set-up feels so perfect. Redford is most in his element when he’s alone.”

    Read the full review and watch the trailer for this film.

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    occean

    sea

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  1. Watch the trailer for Don Jon, a film by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and starring Scarlett Johansson.

    David Edelstein reviews the movie today on Fresh Air, calling it “wide-eyed and open-hearted.”

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    joseph gordon-levitt

    scarlett johansson

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  1. Edelstein says, “The thriller Savages is in the same brutal, druggy realm of Natural Born Killers, but Stone has evolved in the last decade and a half, and the new film has a deeper, more complicated perspective. The violence isn’t a kick. It’s horrifying, senseless. Amid the mayhem, you think, “It didn’t have to go down this way.” (full review here)
(via Movie Review - ‘Savages’ - A Violent, Drug-Induced High : NPR) View in High-Res

    Edelstein says, “The thriller Savages is in the same brutal, druggy realm of Natural Born Killers, but Stone has evolved in the last decade and a half, and the new film has a deeper, more complicated perspective. The violence isn’t a kick. It’s horrifying, senseless. Amid the mayhem, you think, “It didn’t have to go down this way.” (full review here)

    (via Movie Review - ‘Savages’ - A Violent, Drug-Induced High : NPR)

  2. savages

    oliver stone

    david edelstein

    movie review

  1. David Edelstein on Brave: “Brave is pure Pixar in its mischievousness and irreverence and the brilliantly delineated facial movements of its characters.” View in High-Res

    David Edelstein on Brave: “Brave is pure Pixar in its mischievousness and irreverence and the brilliantly delineated facial movements of its characters.”

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    pixar

    disney

    david edelstein

    movie review

  1. David Edelstein reviews Todd Solondz’s new movie Dark Horse: "You could never call Solondz a humanist, but he achieves something I’ve never seen elsewhere: compassionate revulsion." View in High-Res

    David Edelstein reviews Todd Solondz’s new movie Dark Horse: "You could never call Solondz a humanist, but he achieves something I’ve never seen elsewhere: compassionate revulsion."

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    todd solondz

    movie review

  1. David Edelstein reviews The Dictator and says, “I wish we had more American movies like this — entertainments that mix low farce and high political satire, reminding us that extreme silliness does not preclude extreme seriousness.” View in High-Res

    David Edelstein reviews The Dictator and says, “I wish we had more American movies like this — entertainments that mix low farce and high political satire, reminding us that extreme silliness does not preclude extreme seriousness.”

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    movie review

    the dictator

    sacha baron cohen

  1. David Edelstein’s take on The Five-Year Engagement: "The Five-Year Engagement is a crowd-pleaser, but for me it still left a bitter taste. In spite of the naughty words, Stoller and co-writer Segel and producer Apatow have engineered a scenario so simplistic and retro that you wonder about their larger agenda. Do they want women to be more like the main character’s sister, for whom getting knocked up in a drunken one-night stand is a blessing in disguise?”
(via Movie Review - ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ : NPR)

    David Edelstein’s take on The Five-Year Engagement: "The Five-Year Engagement is a crowd-pleaser, but for me it still left a bitter taste. In spite of the naughty words, Stoller and co-writer Segel and producer Apatow have engineered a scenario so simplistic and retro that you wonder about their larger agenda. Do they want women to be more like the main character’s sister, for whom getting knocked up in a drunken one-night stand is a blessing in disguise?”

    (via Movie Review - ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ : NPR)

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    jason segel

    david edelstein

    movie review

  1. David Edelstein reviews Monsieur Lazhar: “ But he’s one of the best teacher role models I’ve ever seen. Monsieur Lazhar, the character and the film, are heartrending.”

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    David Edelstein reviews Monsieur Lazhar: But he’s one of the best teacher role models I’ve ever seen. Monsieur Lazhar, the character and the film, are heartrending.”

    (via Movie Review - ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ : NPR)

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    david edelstein

    movie review

  1. The NPR review of Bully:
“Bully is a wrenching, intensely moral film, and so potentially useful to children who are either being bullied, or doing the bullying, that the MPAA’s Victorian prudery about a few instances of schoolyard language can’t help but seem boneheaded.” — Bob Mondello

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    The NPR review of Bully:

    Bully is a wrenching, intensely moral film, and so potentially useful to children who are either being bullied, or doing the bullying, that the MPAA’s Victorian prudery about a few instances of schoolyard language can’t help but seem boneheaded.” — Bob Mondello

    (via Movie Review - ‘Bully’ - A Provocative And Essential Documentary : NPR)

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    movie review

    bob mondello

  1. Suzanne Collins’ bestseller about a televised killing tournament has come to the big screen, with a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci. Critic David Edelstein says some of the actors — including Lawrence — give amazing performances. View in High-Res

    Suzanne Collins’ bestseller about a televised killing tournament has come to the big screen, with a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Lenny Kravitz and Stanley Tucci. Critic David Edelstein says some of the actors — including Lawrence — give amazing performances.

  2. the hunger games

    david edelstein

    jennifer lawrence

    suzanne collins

    movie review

  1. "In these days of 24/7 media — where even the dinkiest problem can get magnified and go viral — campaigns are obsessed with controlling every single thing, including our perception of the campaign’s workings. Watching The War Room, I kept thinking that the most old-fashioned thing about the Clinton campaign was that it trusted anyone to come inside it with cameras running.” — John Powers, Inside Bill Clinton’s Campaign ‘War Room’ View in High-Res

    "In these days of 24/7 media — where even the dinkiest problem can get magnified and go viral — campaigns are obsessed with controlling every single thing, including our perception of the campaign’s workings. Watching The War Room, I kept thinking that the most old-fashioned thing about the Clinton campaign was that it trusted anyone to come inside it with cameras running.” — John Powers, Inside Bill Clinton’s Campaign ‘War Room’

  2. war room

    1992

    bill clinton

    politics

    john powers

    movie review

  1. The Lorax speaks for the trees, but David Edelstein must speak for The Lorax.


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    The Lorax speaks for the trees, but David Edelstein must speak for The Lorax.

    (via Movie Review - ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ : NPR)

  2. the lorax

    david edelstein

    movie review

  1. David Edelstein says, “It didn’t take long to realize that I was watching not only one of the greatest impersonations I’d ever seen — but one that was also emotionally real.” View in High-Res

    David Edelstein says, “It didn’t take long to realize that I was watching not only one of the greatest impersonations I’d ever seen — but one that was also emotionally real.”

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    movie review

    the iron lady

    meryl streep