David Edelstein, New York Magazine

  1. Caesar Must Die 2013 In a scant hour and a quarter it enlarges your notion of what theater and cinema, what art itself, can do -- it dissolves every boundary it meets. full review
  2. A Hijacking 2013 It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch. full review
  3. Let The Fire Burn 2013 Let the Fire Burn is a time machine. It shows there are truths out there waiting to be found-that footage already shot can make history in all its terrible finality breathe. full review
  4. The Square 2013 The Square is inner-world-shaking. full review
  5. What Maisie Knew 2013 As Maisie, Aprile seems lit from within; a more vividly natural child actress I have trouble imagining. full review
  6. Brooklyn Castle 2012 It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling. full review
  7. I Wish 2012 You can contemplate the wonder in these glowing young faces without feeling as if you're on an intravenous drip of corn syrup. full review
  8. A Late Quartet 2012 The movie is haut-bourgeois to the bone, but so am I: Let's hear some chamber music and have a little laugh and a cry! full review
  9. Apollo 18 2011 It's 80 minutes of dead air. full review
  10. The Eagle 2011 Wild-eyed, long-haired Brits leap atop the Romans' shields as the soldiers blindly hack away, the bodies so close that you can barely tell the victor from the vanquished. The battles in the fog and rain have a hallucinatory power. full review
  11. First Position 2011 This is yet another competition doc in the unending legacy of Spellbound, but Kargman is light on her feet, and she has chosen to follow a fascinating group of kids preparing for the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix. full review
  12. Goodbye First Love 2011 There's nothing like a film about wayward passions to remind you how differently people feel things. full review
  13. Keep the Lights On 2011 Sachs depicts a once-transient culture stumbling toward a design for rooted living. full review
  14. 3 Backyards 2010 The movie has none of the smugness of American Beauty: You could dream of living in a world like this. full review
  15. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 2010 It's probably easier for an ex-prosecutor known for macho threats to say he got caught screwing than for him to say he got screwed. But folks, he was reamed. full review
  16. Greenberg 2010 Greenberg would be a heckuva movie if we could just get Greenberg out of there. full review
  17. Kaboom 2010 Kaboom might be borderline camp, but there's no spillover. Or perhaps it's the other way around. Perhaps Araki's vision of human sexuality is so fluid that the borders are always expanding. full review
  18. Somewhere 2010 Coppola's poor-rich-girl vision is certainly consistent, although you sometimes wonder if she knows that hers is not the universal human condition. full review
  19. An American Affair 2009 The reason to see An American Affair is Gretchen Mol. full review
  20. Antichrist 2009 Von Trier has said he wanted to make a genre horror picture, but he couldn't even come up with a decent metaphor: The climax is out of a Grade C hack-'em-up with people chasing each other through the woods with axes and knives. full review
  21. The Art Of The Steal 2009 Calculated to enrage and pulling it off like gangbusters... full review
  22. Cairo Time 2009 Patricia Clarkson is usually so "on" that it's a surprise to see her play a melancholy, passive woman -- and play her with such airy, elegiac grace. full review
  23. The Limits of Control 2009 It's unfair to call Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control the emptiest movie ever made, but I wrote that in my notebook as I struggled to stay awake. full review
  24. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008 Dear Zachary earns its right to engage us on a primal level, but it comes on the heels of so many films that don't, movies that...prey on modern fears and inflate third-rate material to the plane of tragedy. full review
  25. Beaufort 2007 Pro-war audiences on both sides will find Joseph Cedar's vision irresponsible. I think Beaufort captures a higher irresponsibility. full review
  26. Before the Rains 2007 Rahul Bose has a winning presence -- eager with a touch of wariness or wary with a touch of eagerness, and never entirely at home. He keeps the movie from seeming too comfy -- a good thing. full review
  27. The Order of Myths 2007 Entertaining, mind-opening docs open every month, but none has broken through to a wide audience. Now comes the latest winner, Margaret Brown's penetrating The Order of Myths. full review
  28. Reign Over Me 2007 The film is slick when it needs to be raw, tidy when it needs to sprawl, and amorphous when it needs to focus. full review
  29. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 In Sangre de mi Sangre, Christopher Zalla serves up an old-fashioned, sentimental weeper with a sucker punch of urban-immigrant horror. full review
  30. Freedomland 2006 Moviemakers who exploit the suffering and death of children to ratchet up the dramatic stakes belong in the innermost circle of hell, but Freedomland -- clumsy and overwrought as it is -- earns the right to its harrowing trajectory. full review
  31. Golden Door 2006 The rhythms of the movie are slow and daydreamy, but [director] Crialese delights in breaking up the realism with his protagonist's mystical -- almost madcap -- visions of the New World's abbondanza. full review
  32. Scoop 2006 full review
  33. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 The acting is solid all around -- so convincing that the rough Irish accents are appropriately indecipherable at times, and the story itself is as tragic and complicated as that moment in history. full review
  34. 49 Up 2005 On the cusp of their half-century mark, Apted's British subjects have accommodated themselves to what they were, what they are, and what they will be. full review

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