Shine A Light

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Released 2008

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Director:
Martin Scorsese
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

Shine a Light is a 2008 music documentary from Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Shutter Island) that captures legendary rock and roll band The Rolling Stones during their 2006 performance at Beacon Theatre in New York City, with archival footage from the band's earlier years, as well as backstage footage leading up to the show. Martin Scorsese previously directed The Last Waltz, a celebrated documentary covering The Band's final show as their original lineup. Now, he returns to concert films to immortalize one of the greatest and most influential rock and roll groups ever. The film features twenty classic songs, including many Stones favorites like Jumpin' Jack Flash and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards exhibit the dedication to performance they're known for, and guest musicians like Jack White, Buddy Guy, and Christina Aguilera appear throughout the film. Shine a Light is an expertly crafted portrait of one of rock's biggest tickets from one of cinema's living legends.

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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As the director of the documentary Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese is a besotted rock 'n' roll fan who wholeheartedly embraces its mythology.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Shine a Light may not be the last Rolling Stones movie, but it's likely to be the last one with a touch of the poet about it.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Martin Scorsese's energetic account of a Stones concert at Gotham's Beacon Theater in fall 2006 takes full advantage of heavy camera coverage and top-notch sound to create an invig...

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