Rolling Stone

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Rating Title/Year Author
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 is.one 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
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Peter Travers Sophie Turner shows enormous potential as super-mutant Jean Grey, but this botch job doesn't just suck big time, it's the worst movie ever in the X-Men series. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 Late Night (2019) Peter Travers Thompson is acidly hilarious as the only female host on late-night. When she brings in Mindy Kaling to diversify her all-white-dude writing staff, the two stars toss the verbal grenades in Kaling's woke script like virtuosos. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Alan Sepinwall It's not much of a conclusion to the story of Deadwood, but it brings the experience of it, as well as the arcs of its two main characters to resting places that feel as perfect as they can. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) Jon Dolan The Lonely Island remind us that, in 2019, grandiose pop star introspect is such an easy indulgence pretty much anyone can cop to it, even these two bozos. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Peter Travers An Asian-Asian romance is rare in Hollywood, making this romantic romp both irresistible and quietly revolutionary. No maybes about the dream team of Ali Wong and Randall Park, they're too good to miss. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 Ma (2019) Peter Travers In her first horror film, Octavia Spencer is a twisted treat, but this predictable Blumhouse scarefest rarely lives up to the irresistible dynamo at its center.. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 The Perfection (2018) David Fear It's not perfect - but in its own blood-splattered, limb-lopping way, it may be a particularly perfect thriller for this moment. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/5 Domino (2019) David Fear As a thriller, Domino is D.O.A. As a game of spot-the-auteurist motifs, however, this exercise in De Palma-reading is practically a gas. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Peter Travers Its fun to watch Godzilla and pals wreak kaiju havoc, but there's no surviving a humorless script, lazy-ass directing and slumming actors who are forced to scream in terror when they're not shoveling tons of mind-numbing exposition. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Peter Travers The young, gay, conflicted and addicted Elton John is brought to life by an electrifying, Oscar-caliber Taron Egerton and Dexter Fletcher's dazzling cinematic inventiveness. Forget the cliches, this one you don't want to miss. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019