Rolling Stone

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Rating Title/Year Author
0/5 Fantasy Island (2020) Peter Travers If crimes against cinema merited prosecution, Blumhouse's Fantasy Island would go directly to death row. The only scary thing about this wussified, fright-free horrorshow is that it wants to spawn sequels. Stop it before it kills again. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/5 The Photograph (2020) Peter Travers For a Valentine's trip to the movies, you couldn't wish for a hotter and more talented pair of lovers than Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. Too bad the movie snuffs out their spark with cliches and over-complicated flashbacks. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 Downhill (2020) Peter Travers This dreary and disconcertingly unfunny Hollywood knockoff of Sweden's brilliant Force Majeure wastes the talents of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and leaves you feeling nothing. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
() Noel Murray A lot of 30 for 30 episodes deal with the uncomfortable realities of the racial conflicts and biases that run beneath organized sports, but No Crossover is the bluntest about how often the cheers for black athletes stop when they leave the court. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
3/5 Horse Girl (2020) David Fear The way Brie shows you Sarah slowly slipping out of reality-then steeply sliding further down a snake pit of instability-gives you the sense that she's flexing a new set of muscles. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Peter Travers Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn epic is not as gargantuanly godawful as Suicde Squad, but slapping the topical theme of female empowerment on a story that trucks in business-as-usual blood-and-guts does not qualify as a game-changer. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 The Lodge (2019) Peter Travers What starts with a promise of something new in psychological terror ends as a long day's journey into a night that is all too easy to see coming. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Beanpole (2019) David Fear It's a melodrama about life after wartime, a dual character study and sometimes veers very close to being a bleak, caustic buddy comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Peter Travers Blake Lively tries hard as a woman hellbent on vengeance, but grinding monotony is the real killer in this formulaic action thriller that leaps off the cliff of cliche into the valley of banality. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 The Assistant (2019) Peter Travers Julia Garner is implosive dynamite in this slow-burn tale of an assistant to a sexual predator. Garner and writer-director Kitty Green build a stinging indictment that stands as a defining snapshot of the MeToo era. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
1.5/5 The Turning (2020) David Fear The Turning doesn't make you feel like you've watched a failed adaptation of a horror-lit landmark. It just leaves you feeling totally screwed. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/5 The Gentlemen (2020) David Fear The result isn't exactly Lock, Stock Redux. Only the "stock" part remains. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/5 The Last Full Measure (2020) Peter Travers The amazing true story of a soldier's valor in Vietnam takes a back seat to a decades-long tale of bureaucratic incompetence and corruption. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 Troop Zero (2019) David Fear What we have here is a classic snobs-vs.-slobs type of standoff, an underdog tale slathered in Seventies Southern Gothic quirk. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3.5/5 Citizen K (2019) David Fear This is where [Alex] Gibney, gilding a history lesson and social-issue deep dive with investigative chops and weaving it all into a compelling story. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
1/5 Dolittle (2020) Peter Travers Robert Downey, Jr. talks to the animals and hits a career low in this object lesson in cinematic incoherence that will leave children sad and confused and adults scratching their heads.Come back, 'Cats,' we forgive you. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Peter Travers Having wisely kicked original director Michael Bay to the curb, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence prove that they still have enough '90s action-movie chemistry to lift this cop buddy movie above the herd. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
1/5 Like a Boss (2020) Peter Travers What we have here is a comedy on life support, with Haddish and Byrne valiantly performing futile acts of resuscitation. Sorry to report: The patient died. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/5 Underwater (2020) Peter Travers A brazen knockoff that wants to be 'Alien' at sea- instead it's just all wet. Shot three years ago, this soggy horrorshow wastes Kristen Stewart as a wannabe Ripley and provides further proof that January is the month Hollywood uses to bury its mistakes. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
2.5/5 The Grudge (2020) David Fear Things keep devolving into a sort of "stock beats" catalog of J-scares that goes from déjà vu to dullness to deadening. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
4.5/5 Clemency (2019) Peter Travers With a devastating performance as a prison warden who oversees executions, the actress brings the toll of the death penalty to wrenching life. Like the movie she inhabits with every fiber of her being, Woodard is some kind of miracle. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) Peter Travers The real battle is still to be won. That's the power of Just Mercy. It demands that you bear witness. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Peter Travers In one of the best war films of all time, director Sam Mendes brilliantly delivers a story of two WWI soldiers on a mission that's a stunning technical accomplishment that unfurls as one single take - and a deeply felt tale of heroism under fire. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4.5/5 Little Women (2019) Peter Travers Guys should stop treating 'Little Women' like Kryptonite. Greta Gerwig reimagines Louisa May Alcott's classic novel for a new generation and creates a movie for the ages without clipping the wings of her own soaring wit and imagination. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Alan Sepinwall It is, like Galaxy Quest, The Princess Bride, or Jane the Virgin, one of those gems that manages to simultaneously parody a genre and be an excellent recreation of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
0/5 Cats (2019) Peter Travers This all-star, all-awful screen take on the smash Broadway musical easily scores as the worst movie of the year and arguably the decade. Cats shouldn't happen to a dog. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Peter Travers OK, the final episode isn't perfect. You'll nitpick it forever with your friends. But that's the point. Star Wars isn't a movie, it's family. We're that close to it. And the in-fighting about what it does right and wrong is as crucial as the love. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 One Child Nation (2019) David Fear What eventually emerges is a peerless portrait of collective trauma - a devastating look at how this law not only sociologically gutted a country but made everyone complicit in the crime. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Black Christmas (2019) David Fear It's angry - righteously, deservedly, properly enraged about what one gender in particular has had to put up with for way too long. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
1.5/5 6 Underground (2019) David Fear Guns. Ferraris. Parkour. Headshots. Mélanie Laurent. Las Vegas. Luxury yachts. Thong underwear. Incoherence. Xenophobia. Sexism. Auteurism (Vulgar). 'Merica. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2019
3/5 Seberg (2019) Peter Travers Whatever the flaws in this wobbly tale of the FBI's persecution of actress Jean Seberg, the body-and-soul performance of Kristen Stewart is not one of them. Stewart reminds us of Seberg's once vibrant strength and defiance and stands up for her truth. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Peter Travers This up-for-anything sequel to the 2017 reboot brings back the A-list cast (Jack Black is still MVP) for more in-game avatar shenanigans. It's just the ticket if you're looking for a comic blast for the holidays. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (2019) Jon Freeman Musgraves remains at the center of this melee, radiating charisma and showcasing an entire range of hosting talents we've not yet seen her call upon. This is clearly the singer's weird holiday party, and she invites us all to get weird with her. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Peter Travers Theron, Kidman, and Robbie-all nominees for Screen Actors Guild awards-come out blazing in this tale of how the women of Fox News brought down a predatory CEO. It's explosive entertainment that means to make a difference. Listen up. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 Everybody's Everything (2019) David Fear Jones and Silyan fashion a postmortem that plays like his greatest hits, in which wounded wooziness somehow gives way to a warped sense of uplift. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 Les misérables (2019) David Fear It's a portrait of a diverse France but also a divided one, ruled by geographical boundaries and racial barriers, [set in] a City of Light that sits on a powder keg. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 In Fabric (2018) David Fear Few people could get away with making haunted couture seem chilling without being kitsch, or turn ridiculously verbose retail-speak into something both sidesplitting and unnerving. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4.5/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) David Fear It's a self-portrait, a film history lesson, a remembrance of things past, a perfect coda to her career, a moving scrapbook and a masterclass that now doubles as a memento mori. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Peter Travers Malick's return to form with the true story of a WW2 pacifist still seems like a miss as his focus drifts off into gorgeous shots of mountain mists, chirping birds and babbling brooks that add up to three hours of digressive meanderings. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 Fyre (2019) David Fear It's the perfect melding of groundwork-laying, commentary, comedy, tragedy and longform cinejournalism. It's a three-alarm indictment. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Peter Travers As a Manhattan jeweler and gambling addict caught in a vise of his own making, Adam Sandler proves he can act with the best of them, meeting every challenge the incendiary Safde brothers throw at him to give the audience the ride of its life. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Peter Travers Eastwood delivers a riveting take on this true tale of a security guard who was declared a hero for finding a bomb and then became the prime suspect . Paul Walter Hauser is perfection as Richard, as is the great Kathy Bates as his loyal mother. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/5 Little Joe (2019) Peter Travers What if you bred a plant with the power to make people "happy" - and its zombified fans would kill to protect it? You'd have Jessica Hausner's mindbending 'Little Joe'-a 'Body Snatchers' for the age of antidepressants. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
3/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Peter Travers Breathless adventure and fully committed performances from Redmayne and Jones as Victorian-era balloonists can't compensate for the fictions that fill this fact-based story with hot air. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Peter Travers Though the film sizzles with an erotic heat that grows from initial repression, Sciamma is not pedaling softcore lesbian porn. Her transfixing film, about the heady experience of an impossible first love, is a timeless work of art. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Three Musketeers (1993) Peter Travers All this nonsense would be news to Dumas, whose grave is surely spinning as his musketeers - sucked dry of high drama and low wit - go kicking and screaming into the wonderful world of Disney. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Peter Travers Game-changing work from screenwriter Lena Waithe, director Melina Matsoukas and actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith turn this tale of an outlaw couple on the run in Trump's racially charged America into incendiary protest art EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4.5/5 Knives Out (2019) Peter Travers What a kick to watch whip-smart director Rian Johnson shake the cobwebs off the whodunit genre and turn it intro terrific, twisted, all-star fun that actually does keep you guessing until the deliciously slippery end. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Peter Travers Mark Ruffalo, a great actor of seemingly limitless range, brings a growing sense of moral outrage to this gripping Todd Haynes docudrama about a corporate lawyer who risks it all to take on the chemical companies he's been hired to defend. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/5 Hala (2019) David Fear A coming-of-age tale, a compelling directorial debut, and a slight corrective regarding both teen movies and the American Muslim experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019