David EdelsteinDavid 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.
Dangerous Duo: Tahar Rahim (left) plays an illiterate Arab who is coaxed into killing a fellow inmate by a Corsican gang leader. Niels Arestrup (right) plays his dangerous and violent "mentor."
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The Fury Of Revelation: Mel Gibson plays a police detective out to solve the murder of his only daughter — and unearthing corporate cover-ups and government conspiracies in the process.
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Heart Of The Matter: Actor Brendan Fraser (with Diego Velazquez) plays John Crowley, whose American dream shatters when his children are diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease.
First-time actress Katie Jarvis plays 15-year-old Mia, a confused and troubled teen. Critic David Edelstein says casting a nonactor can sometimes be just a stunt — but director Andrea Arnold hit the jackpot with Jarvis.
Summer Hours: With the spotlight on holiday blockbusters, you may have forgotten this late-spring gem. Last May, David Edelstein called Olivier Assayas' film "the most elegant movie imaginable about the changes wrought by globalization." Now he's calling it No 1.
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"Talk To Me": Communication doesn't come easy when a traumatized Marine (Tobey Maguire) returns home to the wife (Natalie Portman) and family who'd given him up for dead.
The Will To Survive: In a post-apocalyptic landscape where starving humans resort to cannibalism, a father (Viggo Mortensen) has one goal: to keep his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) alive — both fed and uneaten.
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