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"Why is a general talking to Rolling Stone in the first place?" That the question asked near the end of War Machine, a film loosely based on "The Runaway General," a National Magazine Award finalist for excellence in reporting by Michael Hastings. (The same article, it should

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'War Machine' Review: Brad Pitt Goes Runaway-General Gonzo in Over-the-Top Satire

Posted: May 25, 2017, 2:30 pm

Is this really only the fifth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise? It feels like the 50th – bloated, boring, repetitive, draining. (Let me count the ways.) Except for series newcomer Javier Bardem, who brings a dollop of fresh mischief to this paycheck party, Dead Men Tell No Tales has all the flavor of a rotting leftovers.

The story is the same

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Review: Abandon Ship!

Posted: May 24, 2017, 5:18 pm

There's a point in this big-screen version of the ultra-cheesy beef- and cheesecake Nineties TV show in which Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron both play with a dead guy's dick and nutsack. We could not make this up if we tried. No one, including original stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, ever toyed with floppy genitalia, at least not onscreen. But that was then. The new,

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Baywatch' Review: Bring on the Beach Bods, Boobs and Bodily Fluids

Posted: May 24, 2017, 3:23 pm

It's impossible to quantify what it takes to be a quality director – but damn, you know it when you see it. And you'll see it clear and strong in Paint It Black, a staggeringly impressive feature directing debut for actress Amber Tamblyn.

Adapting Janet Fitch's 2006 novel with her co-screenwriter Ed Dougherty, Tamblyn chooses a hot-button topic for her first

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Paint It Black' Review: Suicide Sparks Conflict in Savagely Moving Debut

Posted: May 18, 2017, 4:09 pm

Ambition in film doesn't get enough credit these days – maybe because it's so rare. But the daring of writer-director Robin Swicord is all over Wakefield. Based on a 2008 short story by E.L. Doctorow (and before that, an 1835 tale from none other than Nathaniel Hawthorne), the film gets whisper-close to Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), a New York lawyer who turns his life upside

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Wakefield' Review: Bryan Cranston Shines as Man Who Blows Up His Life

Posted: May 17, 2017, 2:00 pm

There's a knockout scene in the mind-bending space thriller that is Alien: Covenant in which David, an android played by Michael Fassbender, teaches Walter – the upgraded 2.0 model, also played by Fassbender – how to play a flute. "Watch me ... I'll do the fingering," says David with enough come-on carnality to singe the screen. Can art, science, spirituality and rampaging ego be

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Alien: Covenant' Review: Latest Man-vs-Xenomorph Epic is Smart, Scary as Hell

Posted: May 16, 2017, 4:01 pm

There have been complaints in early reviews about Snatched being disposable junk. Huh? Let's back up a minute. The comedy stars Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as mom and daughter – those words alone should mean something for film enthusiasts, and not just because Mother's Day weekend. Schumer, the baby-faced bad girl of 2.0 comedy, is teaming up with Hawn, a laugh-inducing golden girl

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Snatched' Review: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn Almost Save So-So Raunch-Com

Posted: May 11, 2017, 5:45 pm

If you’re longing for a delicious romantic romp to take your mind off the world going to hell in hand basket, Paris Can Wait is it. Eleanor Coppola, best known for putting together and narrating the landmark 1991 documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (about the torments suffered by her husband Francis Ford Coppola during the filming of Apocalypse

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Paris Can Wait' Review: Alec Baldwin, Diane Lane Make Breezy Rom-Com Travelogue

Posted: May 11, 2017, 1:50 pm

Take one Oscar-winning actor. Pair her with a German visual artist, one with a puckish sense of humor. Give her 13 different roles, including female archetypes ranging from a Southern housewife to a blow-dried broadcast newsreader, and pray that Cindy Sherman doesn't sue. And then give her some of the most (in)famous declarations of sociopolitical/artistic intent ever written – Marx to Maples

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Manifesto' Review: Cate Blanchett, 13 Roles, One Genius Acting Showcase

Posted: May 10, 2017, 9:08 pm

Director Guy Ritchie can turn London crime dramas into cinematic lightning – think of his breakthrough movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000) and RocknRolla (2008). But apply his fast cuts and jagged pacing to the Arthurian legend and you get, well, a brutal, bleedin' mess. That about sums up King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, an epic bore

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Review: Welcome to a King-Sized Pile of Crap

Posted: May 10, 2017, 6:56 pm
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