Western Stars

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"Western Stars" is a cinematic film version of Bruce Springsteen's latest globally successful album of the same name. Springsteen's longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directed the film together with Springsteen, marking Springsteen's directorial debut. The film "Western Stars" offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn. Springsteen's first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots. Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West--both the mythic and the hardscrabble--weaving archival footage and Springsteen's personal narration with song to tell the story.

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Critic Reviews for Western Stars

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  • It is a beautiful film, undercut only by the conspicuous nature of Springsteen's coal-black hair (he's 70 years old, for god sake!) and his apparent penchant for bright orange make-up.

    Oct 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteen's life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with this latest, most introspective phase of his career.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
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  • Both an intimate exploration of Springsteen's latest album of the same name and a deeper dive into his most pervasive compulsions.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • The result, at once intimate and sweeping, should please both Springsteen completists and more recent fans when Western Stars rides into theaters October 25 - ideally those with sound systems worthy of the lush orchestral arrangements.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Western Stars rarely comes off as a been-there-done-that concert movie...

    Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Western Stars" is a celebration of this music and its expansive, engrossing storytelling.

    Sep 14, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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