Shine a Light

2008-05-06 17:43
What it's about:

In autumn 2006 the Rolling Stones gave two concerts at Beacon Theatre in New York. Here, in the 2800-seater old Broadway theatre that opened in 1928, we encounter living legends Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts. Before an enthusiastic audience that includes Hillary and Bill Clinton, the Stones present their hit songs as well as less known numbers. Guest appearances include Christina Aguilera, blues legends Buddy Guy and Jack White.

What the critics say:

"The filmmaking tries to generate excitement; it doesn't capture it."
Stephanie Zacharek,

"The movie easily beats paying $250 to experience the Bones in person; you can see everything without having to stand up, and the sound at a multiplex is far better than any arena."
Kyle Smith, New York Post

"What it captures is a band that has figured out the best way to endure - by becoming eternal."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"This you-are-there spellbinder is a master director shining his light on the best rock band on the planet."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Takes full advantage of heavy camera coverage and top-notch sound to create an invigorating musical trip down memory lane, as well as to provoke gentle musings on the wages of aging and the passage of time."
Todd McCarthy, Variety

"This movie is about giving us a privileged glimpse of the Stones in action. It's a record of an astonishing musical chemistry that has been evolving, with no signs of calcification, for nearly five decades."
David Ansen, Newsweek

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A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

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