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David Edelstein

  1. movie review
    Yesterday Has a Fun Premise, But Doesn’t Know What to Do With ItOnly the first half of Danny Boyle’s Beatles fantasy-comedy works.
  2. movie review
    Wild Rose Rests on the Extraordinary Performance of Its Country GirlDirected by Tom Harper from a script by Nicole Taylor, Wild Rose has more than three chords, but the impulse is to keep it plain.
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    Ari Aster’s Midsommar Is an Ambitious, Blurry Horror TripThe Hereditary director seems sure of only one thing: that he wants to make you feel as if your head is being sawed off.
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    Shaft Review: Another Lame, Mismatched Buddy Action ComedyIt’s so aggressively puerile and phallocentric (big swinging dicks, big guns) it could be taken as a parody.
  5. movie review
    Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die Is a Heavy-Footed Zombie ComedyIt’s not unenjoyable but not quite enjoyable, either.
  6. remembrances
    “Honey, you shouldn’t be showing that to anyone:” Why Pauline Kael Was My CriticHer writing always seemed like a journey, an elevated form of thinking out loud.
  7. movie review
    Brian De Palma’s Domino Is a Better Thriller Than MostUnderfunded, sketchily written, and heavily cut, the film still puts its contemporaries to shame.
  8. movie review
    Dark Phoenix Takes the X-Men to Space, With Middling ResultsSophie Turner floats above an uninspired Jean Grey saga.
  9. best of 2019
    The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)Including the Rock’s latest, Mads Mikkelsen’s survival drama, and a tightly wound horror movie.
  10. movie review
    Rocketman Tries to Levitate Its Audience, But It Falls Flat InsteadThe Elton John biopic has unusual dramatic heft for a jukebox musical, but that’s a big curve on which to grade.
  11. movie review
    Godzilla Is Back. What an Unholy Mess.Godzilla: King of the Monsters is visual noise. It makes “The Battle of Winterfell” look like a model of clarity.
  12. movie review
    Brightburn Is Gory, Creepy, and ObviousBut Elizabeth Banks is, as usual, very good and un-gimmicky.
  13. movie review
    A Movie like Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin Isn’t Shot — It’s GeneratedIt’s set inside a matrix where the real and digital worlds are indistinguishable.
  14. movie review
    Trial by Fire Is Painstakingly Well Made and Murderously Hard to Sit ThroughLaura Dern stars as Elizabeth Gilbert, one of the few people who questioned Cameron Todd Willingham’s death sentence in Texas.
  15. movie review
    John Wick 3 Is Bloated, Pretentious, and Too Stylish for Its Own GoodThe movie should by rights be a “Wow!” But it feels self-conscious, with long waits between its few dazzling fights.
  16. movie review
    The Souvenir Is Sometimes Formless, But Always FascinatingAt her best, writer-director Joanna Hogg convinces you that incoherence is the only honest way to tell a story with any emotional complexity.
  17. movie review
    Charlie Says Is a Wobbly Look at the Manson FamilyYou want to see how a person could surrender herself to something so diabolical, which demands a higher level of insanity than the filmmakers muster.
  18. movie review
    Long Shot Is a Rom-Com That Doesn’t Make Much SenseI generally like Seth Rogen a lot but this performance is bad.
  19. movie review
    JT Leroy Is Full of Great Actresses — But It’s Told From the Wrong PerspectiveThe title of JT Leroy is off the mark by only a couple of steps, but they’re gigantic ones.
  20. film festival
    19 Films You Should See at This Year’s Tribeca Film FestivalRom-coms. Midnight horror. A documentary about Showgirls. Margo Martindale. Here’s what you need to catch at this year’s festival.
  21. movie review
    Avengers: Endgame Is More Clever Than It Needed to BeIt’s better than Avengers: Infinity War, which was better than Avengers: Age of Ultron; and it is, for a change, conclusive.
  22. theater
    The Annette Bening MethodOn Broadway in a new production of All My Sons, she’ll overprepare — and then wing it.
  23. movie review
    Dogman Roughs You Up in a Good WayDirector Matteo Garrone views Italy as a dog-eat-dog universe in which every dog does not have his day.
  24. movie review
    Shazam!: Blessedly Old-fashioned, But Not Very GoodIts genial sloppiness might remind you of when the fates of studios didn’t rest on one or two B movies with men in goofy suits generating billions.
  25. movie review
    The Beach Bum Is Part Tragedy, Part ProvocationI can’t tell if Korine is a true dramatist or a simpleminded provocateur who lives to mess with our heads. Both, probably.
  26. movie review
    Kent Jones’s Diane Is the Most Exhilarating Depressive Movie I’ve Ever SeenBut I admit that the exhilaration is hard-won and slightly perverse.
  27. movie review
    You Need to See the Steve Bannon Doc The BrinkIt’s the year’s most urgent documentary.
  28. movie review
    Dragged Across Concrete Is Your Basic, Boneheaded Right-Wing Action MovieAnd nearly three hours long.
  29. movie review
    Us Doesn’t Live Up to Get Out, But It Shows the Promise of Jordan PeeleThe director’s second feature isn’t as trim or impish in its satire as his marvelous debut, but it’s the most inspiring kind of miss.
  30. movie review
    The Hummingbird Project Is Just Passable, But See It for Alexander SkarsgårdMost of The Hummingbird Project is Jesse Eisenberg grimacing over his stomach and talking very fast.
  31. movie review
    The Mustang: A Slightly Formulaic Horse Drama With Great Human PerformancesThe phrase “I have to see a man about a horse” takes on new and inspirational meaning here.
  32. movie review
    Captain Marvel Is Spotty, But See It for Brie LarsonHer Captain Marvel is a goddess emitting her own light — an astral version of Liberty at the battlements, sublime and terrifying.
  33. movie review
    Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria Bell Remake Works Best When It’s a Little MessyThe movie is most successful when it’s least definite, when the conversations are full of awkward holes and the relationships are in flux.
  34. movie review
    Mapplethorpe Is, Somehow, a Shock-Free BiopicAfter the rousing but sanitized-for-PG-13 Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, get ready for a PG-13-at-heart portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe.
  35. movie review
    Woman at War Is an Offbeat Dramedy About an Environmental ActivistBenedikt Erlingsson could have told this tale grimly — it’s grim stuff. But he has a wild card.
  36. the razzies
    John C. Reilly Deserved Better Than a RazzieThis should have been the happiest professional year of Reilly’s life.
  37. oscars 2019
    David Edelstein on the 2019 Oscar WinnersSpike Lee has seen another Driving Miss Daisy drive off with an Oscar but at least he has one of his own now.
  38. oscars 2019
    Judging the Oscar Shorts: The Good, the Grisly, and Our Picks to WinThere’s at least one genuine masterpiece in the 15 nominated films, and … a lot of child murder.
  39. movie review
    Cancer Drama Paddleton Is Embarrassingly Bad — Until the Stunning EndingIt’s a pity the first hour needs to be endured.
  40. movie review
    Greta Is a Rare Miss From Neil JordanThis rote psycho-horror flick has zero subtext and twists you can see limping toward you like the zombie tropes they are.
  41. movie review
    Christian Petzold’s Transit Is Confounding, But CompellingOnce the bitterly ironic vision of this slow-motion mistaken-identity farce takes hold, it eats into the mind.
  42. movie review
    Birds of Passage Is a KnockoutIt’s part ethnographic documentary, part The Godfather.
  43. movie review
    Happy Death Day 2 U Is a Madcap Sequel That Goes to Unexpected PlacesStalk-and-kill movies bear some resemblance to classic farces, but none have taken the similarities as far as Happy Death Day and its sequel.
  44. movie review
    The Prodigy Is a Cruelly Well-Made Bad-Seed Horror MovieThe Prodigy works in a low key that still somehow scrapes your nerves, so when the nasty stuff arrives, you’ve been softened up for the kill.
  45. movie review
    To Dust Is a Good, Slightly Cringeworthy Comedy About a Decomposing CorpseIt has a sicko premise, but scrupulously sicko.
  46. movies
    The Matrix’s Bullet Time Made 3-D RedundantThe last time I saw “classic” bullet time, it was used on the E! Network’s Golden Globes red-carpet show.
  47. movie review
    Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird Is Compelling Despite Its Narrative FlawsThe storytelling is unshapely — there are plot gaps and it never locks into a rhythm — but the film has a sense of mournfulness that seeps into you.
  48. movie review
    Look Away From Never Look AwayIt’s objectively unfair to be harder on a clunky film that has been nominated for an Oscar than one that few will see, but objectivity is overvalued.
  49. movie review
    Arctic Is Grim, But Worth WatchingJoe Penna’s film made me feel less prone to complain about the polar vortex.
  50. review
    Miss Bala Isn’t Quite the Clunker It’s Been Made Out to BeThe souped-up plot is certainly indigestible, and there’s a steady stream of bad laughs, but something genuinely frightening comes through.
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