Rolling Stone

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Monos (2019) David Fear Call it a collective character study or a perpetual-war film - Monos takes it cues from a number of well-known influences. But there's a specific, singular madness that's completely its own. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 American Factory (2019) David Fear American Factory sets out to chart what's supposed to be a test run for the future of the auto industry and an example of positive international relations. It ends up capturing a cross-cultural car wreck in slow motion. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
1/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Peter Travers To the list of great books mangled by Hollywood, add The Goldfinch. This cinematic assault on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer prize winner misuses gifted actors (Kidman, Elgort, Paulson) to reduce the book to truncated rubble and create a botch job for the ages. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Peter Travers A Best Actress Oscar nomination for Jennifer Lopez? You better believe it. As a stripper who can work a pole better than rivals half her age, Lopez is that dazzling, that deep, that electrifying. This you don't want to miss. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Tesis (1996) Jason Newman (The) director Alejandro Amenábar balances actual, terrifying visuals with Hitchcockian red herrings for one of the best debut films in years. The technology might be quaint, but the fear remains resonant. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Peter Travers Almost as scary but not quite as grabby as Chapter One, the grownup second half of Stephen King's horror saga is lifted by a great Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård's iconic psycho clown Pennywise, but hobbled by a nearly three-hour run time. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 Untouchable (2019) David Fear The repetitive nature of the testimonies does not make it any easier to hear them. Each is like a fresh pinch of salt being sifted onto a cut, one that refuses to scar over -- it's partially what gives this portrait of a monster its power. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Peter Travers What a decadent blast to watch a comic takedown of the rich done with the rude energy of a horror thriller and the courage of its own manic anti-marriage convictions. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Peter Travers Max Lewkowicz's documentary emerges as essential viewing by exposing the behind-the-scenes drama and on-stage magic of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' a musical and cultural landmark whose influence spans nations, races, religions and generations. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Peter Travers Jillian Bell is a comic force of nature with real dramatic chops in this hilarious and heartfelt tale of a twentysomething whose body mass is heading into the obese zone unless she proves her worth to herself and not just by running the NYC marathon. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Aquarela (2018) Peter Travers Eco-documentary on H20 in the age of climate change - from crumbling icebergs to chaotic hurricanes - is both gorgeous and terrifying. The shape of water, indeed. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 Light of My Life (2019) David Fear It's not a pretty picture he paints here. But it makes you want Affleck to keep picking up that brush. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Peter Travers It's the human devastation that gets short shrift in a movie that turns the hot, hilarious, out-for-blood Bernadette into the thing she hates most: conventional. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 Good Boys (2019) Peter Travers The best and worst thing about this talk-dirty, feel-good attempt to be 'Superbad, Jr' is that it feels like it was written and directed by the 12-year-olds at its center. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Peter Travers A no-hope British-Pakistani teen (dynamite newcomer Viveik Kalra) finds salvation in the music of Bruce Springsteen. Cornball? So what. Look for Gurinder Chadha's exuberant gift of a movie to hit you the same way. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Brian Banks (2018) Peter Travers The true story of a football player falsely accused of sexual assault is lifted by Aldis Hodge in the title role but brought low by a flat, formulaic telling. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
1/5 The Kitchen (2019) Peter Travers McCarthy, Haddish, Moss-Oh, what a movie The Kitchen could have been. But oh what an unholy disaster it is. An early contender for worst of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() David Fear [Wanda] Sykes is a take-no-prisoners satirist and a social-issues activist -- both of which are on display in this blistering 2009 set in which she takes on prejudice. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() Matthew Love Chappelle's special delivers everything we know now as the comedian's trademarks: shaggy-dog tales with increasingly absurd details and quick reversals... blistering commentary on race couched in seemingly offhanded storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/5 Them That Follow (2019) Peter Travers The actors, especially the great Olivia Colman, anchor this well-intentioned but shakily executed look into a Pentecostal religion that believes snakes reflect God's will. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Peter Travers Whatever this is, it's not a movie - it's a product more deserving of a road test than a review. Johnson and Statham keep the action and laughs spinning. The problem is they keep repeating them - stunt, banter, stunt - until they wear out their welcome. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Peter Travers In Jennifer Kent's pulverizing revenge tale, Aisling Franciosi delivers a tour de force as an Australian woman determined to put a stake through the heart of toxic masculinity. You won't know what hit you. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 Luce (2019) Peter Travers This provocation about race, privilege and the expectations that come with both features a star-in-the-making Kelvin Harrison Jr. and adds up to some kind of wallop-packing miracle. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/5 Skin (2018) Peter Travers Jamie Bell's awards-buzzed tour de force in this fact-based drama about a neo-Nazi overcoming his toxic upbringing makes this a movie you can't get out of your head. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Peter Travers Tarantino's all-star fantasia links Hollywood and Manson-era violence into the best and most explosive cinema we've seen all year. You can feel Tarantino's mad love for movies in all their disreputable dazzle and subversive art in every shot. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 The Great Hack (2019) David Fear You leave with a clear sense of how one company [sold] democracy down the river, not to mention having your fingernails chewed down to the quick. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
4.5/5 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Peter Travers The rock & roll icon gets the beautiful, brutally honest looksee he deserves. The result of the best rock docs of all time. Expect no apologies from Crosby, the lion in winter. Hear him roar. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
2.5/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Peter Travers Jesse Eisenberg steps into the dojo and gets in a few good licks at toxic masculinity before odious comparisons to Fight Club blunt the film's comic and dramatic impact. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 Stuber (2019) Peter Travers Talk about running on fumes. This buddy comedy traps two talented dudes - Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista - in a car that's going nowhere so fast that Thelma and Louise would hop right on. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Peter Travers Everything money can buy, including the vocal talents of Beyonce and Donald Glover, has been poured into this photo-realistic retake on The Lion King. What's missing is heart, soul, daring and the faintest hint of originality. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo (2017) Robert Crawford Paisley and company trade jabs throughout the show, and some of the best jokes are delivered at the singer's own expense. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) David Fear A back-to-basics take on the ghost-story gauntlet run; compared to the previous films, it's worth its weight in spare doll parts. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3.5/5 Crawl (2019) David Fear Like the apex predators slithering at the center of it all, it gets the job done once it lets is more brutal, primal instincts take over. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
3/5 Sword of Trust (2019) David Fear Everything could be sharper. It isn't dull. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Peter Travers Extraordinary on every level, Lulu Wang's The Farewell starring an award-caliber Awkwafina builds a funny, touching and vital film about what makes a family in any culture, leaving you with cathartic tears. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017) Rob Sheffield Patton Oswalt goes back to work in this brutally funny instant-classic stand-up special, 18 months after the sudden death of his wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3.5/4 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) David Fear What makes this film unmissable, however, is the fact that we get Marianne's story more or less in full as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Peter Travers Another groundbreaker in horror from Hereditary's Ari Aster who mixes a modern breakup story with pagan rituals in Sweden. If you're looking for the scariest movie ever shot in blinding sunlight, the raw and riveting Midsommar is it. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Peter Travers There's no endgame in sight for Spider-Man. As played by Brit wunderkind Tom Holland in a whoosh of boyish enthusiasm and lovesick angst, Spidey is flying higher than ever n a thrill ride that's bursting with laughs and real-deal surprises. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/5 Child's Play (2019) Peter Travers Even Aubrey Plaza and the voice of of Luke Sywalker (OK, it's Mark Hamill) as devil doll Chucky, can't save this botched reboot. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
4/5 Maiden (2018) Peter Travers An all-women crew knocked the sexist world on its ass by winning this 1989 yacht race. This dazzling doc from director Alex Holmes proves these female pioneers are still a cause for celebration. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
3.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Peter Travers Danny Boyle's light breeze of a romcom about a world without the Beatles has its heart firmly in the right place. It's the challenge to take it to the next level that's missing. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Peter Travers TS4 is still flying high on visual pow, pinwheeling fun and soulful feeling. And oh that Forky! As voiced by the incomparable Tony Hale, this plastic spork is an animated character for the ages. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Peter Travers This story of a Scottish single mother who dreams of country-music glory is fueled by one knockout performance from Jessie Buckley. Prepare for an emotional wipeout. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 The Quiet One (2019) David Fear Even the most diehard Stones fan is bound to leave feeling a little conflicted. It's a doc that lives up to its name in all the wrong ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Peter Travers In this uninspired MiB reboot, the effervescent biplay between Hemsworth and Thompson almost compensates for the vacuum where a live-wire alien invasion comedy should be. Almost being the operative word. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Shaft (2019) Peter Travers Tim Story's update of the blaxploitation classic is shamelessly regressive. Male dinosaurs again walk the earth with misogynistic and homophobic impunity. These are the laughs, folks. Don't be surprised if they stick in your throat. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 I Am Mother (2019) David Fear Rugaard, a Danish-Irish 21-year-old, feels like a major discovery - she's the not-so-secret motor of I Am Mother, a dynamic presence that lends blood, guts and soul to this dystopic vision. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4.5/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Peter Travers Scorsese's unclassifiable phantasmagoria plays like a great Dylan song, darting between fact and playful fiction. It's part tour diary, part trickster handbook and totally mesmerizing. You've never seen or heard anything like it in your life. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Peter Travers The shambling, tossed-off quality of Jarmusch's zombie riff is its most appealing trait. But that's all it has besides the performances, especially by Swinton and Driver. It all adds up to an apocalyptic afterthought. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019