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New Yorker Magazine Film Critic, After 16 Years, Is Stepping Down

Dec 15, 2014  •  Post A Comment

One of the New Yorker’s two movie critics is stepping down. The New York Times reports that in early 2015 David Denby, 71, will leave his post as one of the magazine’s two film critics, but will continue at the New Yorker as a staff writer.

Denby has been a film critic at the magazine since 1998. Prior to that, for 20 years, he reviewed movies for New York magazine.

Denby had been sharing the film critic chores with Anthony Lane, who has been a New Yorker film critic since 1993. Moving forward, Lane “will be the magazine’s sole film critic, and Richard Brody will cover film online,” the Times says. Wikipedia lists Lane’s age as 52.

Adds the Times, “The news came as Condé Nast, the media company that owns The New Yorker as well as Vanity Fair and Vogue among other high-profile titles, completes a staff reduction across the board.”

According to the New Yorker, here are Denby’s 10 best movies of 2014: At the top of his list is “Ida.” (The other nine he lists in alphabetical order)

“American Sniper”

“A Most Violent Year”



“Get on Up”

“Mr. Turner”

“National Gallery”



david-denbyDavid Denby on Charlie Rose’s PBS TV Show Several Years Ago

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