If you can't build a Trump-sized wall to stop immigrants and undesirables from "polluting" America the Beautiful, just send them out into a wasteland outside of Texas to fend for themselves. That's the premise driving The Bad Batch, a dystopian fable from writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour, whose stunning 2014 debut feature – an Iranian feminist vampire western called A Girl Walks
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘The Bad Batch’ Review: It’s Social Rejects vs. Cannibals in Dystopia U.S.A.
Yes, that's zero stars you see up there. Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. Mark Wahlberg has announced that The Last Knight will be his farewell to the Bay franchise. Quoth the actor: "I get my life back."
Ha! Now Wahlberg knows how sentient film critics feel every time they exit another
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Review: Michael Bay’s Latest Is 2017’s Most Toxic Movie
When a shirtless Clint Eastwood starred in The Beguiled in 1971 – he played a wounded Yankee soldier who finds refuge from the Civil War on the grounds of a Southern girls school – he was the boss rooster in a henhouse.
That was then. Now writer-director Sofia Coppola has reshaped that film, based on the 1966 novel by Thomas Cullinan, into a Southern Gothic that simmers with
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘The Beguiled’ Review: Sofia Coppola’s Southern Gothic Is Pure Estrogenic Bliss
A struggling Chicago stand-up comic and Uber driver named Kumail, played by the terrifically talented Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh on Silicon Valley), is poleaxed by the news that his girlfriend Emily (Zoe Kazan) has fallen unexpectedly and inexplicably ill. While doctors look for answers, she lies in a medically induced coma. Hard to believe? Nope. Nanjiani and his wife/co-screenwriter
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘The Big Sick’ Review: Welcome to the Funniest Date Movie of 2017
A hip-hop gamechanger, a revolutionary's son, an actor, an ex-convict, a platinum-selling artist, a sensitive truth-teller, a "Thug Life" tattoo-sporting tough guy, a black man, a martyr – Tupac Shakur was all these things and more. It was never a matter of whether or not the 25-year-old musician deserved a biopic so much as why it took so damned long to make it happen. (Would that it were so
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘All Eyez on Me’ Review: Tupac Shakur Does Not Get the Biopic He Deserves
Question: How do you deal with a bad movie made with complete and utter sincerity? Answer: Better than you do with cynical product solely motivated by box office. The Book of Henry starts well, begins flirting with absurdity in the middle – and ends in crashing disaster. But the feeling persists that director Colin Treverrow believes every word in the shambles of a 20-year-old
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘The Book of Henry’ Review: Boy Meets Girl, Ends Up in WTF Tearjerker-Thriller
Four women go wild at a Miami bachelorette party for their BFF Jess (Scarlett Johansson), an uptight candidate for state senator who has to work through some control issues. Good premise. It's club time for the ladies – Frankie (Ilana Glazer), a lesbian activist, and her former lover, real-estate diva Blair (Zoë Kravitz); Pippa (SNL MVP Kate McKinnon), Jess's Aussie bud from her
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Rough Night’ Review: Female ‘Hangover’ Never Finds Its Comedic Mojo
When kids – largely, but by no means exclusively, little dudes – lose their minds over the anthropomorphic autos of the animated Cars movies, it's simple math: Wisecracking racecars equals bright, shiny entertainment for the junior need-for-speed crowd and happiness for the shareholders. But if adults big-up the series for anything besides being a visual babysitter, it's for proving
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Cars 3’ Review: Series Finally Delivers a Movie Deserving of Pixar Name
It's fitting that you hear the voice first. Even if the name Sam Elliott somehow doesn't ring a bell, you definitely know that gravelly baritone, the same one that's graced everything from Dodge Ram commercials to Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski's stoner escapades. When we meet up with him in The Hero, the man with the world's greatest living mustache is in a sound booth, recording an TV
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘The Hero’ Review: Drama on Aging Western Star Gives Sam Elliott a Gift
Confession: I'm a dog lover. So take this praise with a grain of salt if you must – but Megan Leavey had me at first bark. Based on a true story (no, really!), this war drama deftly sidesteps the paths that suck you down in sentimental quicksand. Oh, you'll cry all right. But the movie earns your tears.
Kate Mara is raw and riveting in the title role, a marine who
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Megan Leavey’ Review: True Story of War Veteran and Her Dog Earns Your Tears
Salma Hayek gives the performance of her career in this stealth weapon of a comedy from director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White, one that takes aim at the divided and divisive world we live in. Don't say you haven't noticed. The star, bringing down the glam but radiating grit and grace, plays Beatriz, a Los Angeles massage therapist and holistic healer. Her life revolves around
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ Review: Salma Hayek Serves Truthbombs at Dinner Party From Hell
How meh is The Mummy? Let me count the ways. For all the huffing and puffing and digital desperation from overworked computers, this reboot lands onscreen with a resounding thud. Tom Cruise should have played the Mummy – that way his face would be swathed in bandages and his fans wouldn't have to see him sweat so hard to get this lumbering loser off the ground.
In a gender
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘The Mummy’ Review: First of ‘Dark Universe’ Reboots Is a Monster Fail
It's easy to pre-condemn period pieces – like, say, this take on famed author Daphne du Maurier's 1951 throwback potboiler – as yet another droning Masterpiece Theatre snorefest. Except when they work, of course – and My Cousin Rachel works just fine, thank you. Credit Rachel Weisz, who's just the dynamite actress needed to play a character who could be a misunderstood innocent
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Review: Rachel Weisz Sells This First-Rate Gothic Potboiler
No false promises in the title: It Comes at Night comes right at you, leaving you unnerved, maybe even a little unhinged – and completely exhilarated. You want horror that screws with your head? This is your ticket. It's the work of Trey Edward Shults, a writer-director whose 2016 indie debut feature,
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘It Comes at Night’ Review: Indie Horror Film Gets Deep Under Your Skin
Brian Cox is a marvel of an actor, and to watch him tear into the role of Winston Churchill is not to be missed. This is a version of the venerable British Prime Minister we haven't seen before – no longer the lion of British fortitude ("We will fight them on the beaches!"), but a man on the ropes. He's hobbled not just by his alcoholism and "the black dog" of depression, but by his conviction
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Churchill’ Review: Brian Cox Shines in Biopic of British Leader on the Brink
Demetri Martin, best known for the distinctive deadpan of his stand-up comedy, makes the transition into feature filmmaking as writer, director and star with just the right blend of humor and heartbreak. Dean is a comedy about grief – specifically, what to do with sorrow when you're still hurting and the people around you have moved on.
Martin excels in the title role, a
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Dean’ Review: Demetri Martin Makes a Bid For Hipster-Woody-Allen Status
After 76 years as a trailblazer for DC Comics, Wonder Woman stars in her first film. What took so long? Hollywood, scared off by the box-office failuresof female-driven comic-book movies such as Catwoman and Elektra, has essentially stuck todudes in spandex and bat-drag. The good news is that this big-screen outing for William Moulton Marston's creation is that it leaves the
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: ‘Wonder Woman’ Review: Gal Gadot Brings Comics’ Original Riot Girl to Life
"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
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!
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