2017 Alt-Summer Movie Preview: Haunted Dolls, Docs and Tupac

Man can not live on superhero tentpoles and fifth-verse-same-as-the-first franchises alone – occasionally, a moviegoer wants to see people without capes or magic lassos, folks who are neither pirates nor giant toy robots, discuss more intimate topics than the impending end of the world. Maybe, in the age of fake news, it'd be nice to see a feature-length nonfiction take on a topic. Or a filmThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 2017 Alt-Summer Movie Preview: Haunted Dolls, Docs and Tupac

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‘War Machine’ Review: Brad Pitt Goes Runaway-General Gonzo in Over-the-Top Satire

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

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Review: Abandon Ship!

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

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See Spider-Man’s New High-Tech Suit in ‘Homecoming’ Trailer

Peter Parker shows off his Tony Stark-engineered suit's new tricks in the final trailer for the upcoming blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming.This isn't your typical comic book Spidey suit: The iconic red-and-blue costume now boasts Iron Man-like vision and AI assistant, "576 possible web shooter combinations," a parachute and, its most insane feature, the spider icon on theThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: See Spider-Man's New High-Tech Suit in 'Homecoming' Trailer

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‘Baywatch’ Review: Bring on the Beach Bods, Boobs and Bodily Fluids

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

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Valerian: See Riveting New Trailer for Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Thriller With Cara Delevingne

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, "special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories," battle wild-looking aliens and pilot svelte spaceships in the final trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The movie hitsThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Valerian: See Riveting New Trailer for Luc Besson's Sci-Fi Thriller With Cara Delevingne

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Roger Moore, Seven-Time James Bond, Dead at 89

Sir Roger Moore, who became an international star as the third actor to officially play James Bond, has died at age 89.Moore's family confirmed the news on Twitter. "It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but braveThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Roger Moore, Seven-Time James Bond, Dead at 89

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‘Alien: Covenant’: Katherine Waterston on Becoming a Next-Gen Action Hero

Katherine Waterston is sprawled on the floor of her dressing room. "I hurt my back a few days ago," she explains, slightly embarrassed. "It's not as bad as it looks, trust me." Waterston is backstage at the Good Morning America studios in Manhattan, having just appeared with a handful of her Alien: Covenant costars to stump for the movie on the morning-show circuit; right now,This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'Alien: Covenant': Katherine Waterston on Becoming a Next-Gen Action Hero

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How ‘Twin Peaks’ Brought David Lynch’s Warped American Vision to TV

It's a question we've been asking since the late Seventies: What exactly is David Lynch, and where the fuck did he come from? With the ballyhooed resurrection of Twin Peaks, his legendary 1990-1991 TV series, Lynch yet again has stepped onto the cultural stage in a big way, and earned his profile as America's bullgoose weirdo. Magazine profiles once again try – and fail – toThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: How 'Twin Peaks' Brought David Lynch's Warped American Vision to TV

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‘Paint It Black’ Review: Suicide Sparks Conflict in Savagely Moving Debut

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

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‘I Am Heath Ledger’: 10 Things We Learned From Spike TV Doc

"I'm not supposed to be talking about this with you. This is not something that is supposed to be happening right now," musician Ben Harper says at the beginning of the new Spike TV documentary I Am Heath Ledger. "Some people are just bigger than the world has room for."Harper, a close friend of the actor who died in 2008 of an accidental drug overdose, is one of severalThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 'I Am Heath Ledger': 10 Things We Learned From Spike TV Doc

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Chelsea Manning Documentary to Focus on Whistleblower’s Life

On the day of Chelsea Manning's release from prison, Pulse Films announced at the Cannes Film Festival that a documentary about the whistleblower and her adjustment into post-incarceration life is in the works.XY Chelsea, directed by Tim Travers Hawkins,This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Chelsea Manning Documentary to Focus on Whistleblower's Life

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‘Wakefield’ Review: Bryan Cranston Shines as Man Who Blows Up His Life

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

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Review: Latest Man-vs-Xenomorph Epic is Smart, Scary as Hell

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

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Powers Boothe, ‘Deadwood,’ ‘Sin City’ Actor, Dead at 68

Powers Boothe, the character actor known for playing villainous roles in films like Sin City and Tombstone and television series like Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 68.Boothe's representative This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Powers Boothe, 'Deadwood,' 'Sin City' Actor, Dead at 68

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2017 Summer Movie Preview: From Superhero Blockbusters to Hot Oscar Hopefuls

The beancounters are predicting a big-ass sag in the box-office this summer. Audiences have had it, right? They won't line up to throw their money away on the fifth iteration of Transformers (this one's called The Last Knight, out June 21st) or Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Men Tell No Tales, May 26th), or Pixar's third Cars movie (June 16th)? Not soThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: 2017 Summer Movie Preview: From Superhero Blockbusters to Hot Oscar Hopefuls

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