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Running Time:
2 hours, 2 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for brief strong language, drug references and smoking.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A glitzy blast of pure rock and roll energy.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:
Closed Caption; 4 bonus performances by the Rolling Stones, not shown in theaters: Undercover of the Night, Paint It Black, Little T & A, and I'm Free; plus a Behind-the-scenes featurette.



Shine a Light
Martin Scorses's film stars off filling only a small portion of the screen right up until those oh-so-familiar opening chords of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" explodes and the picture expands to fill the full screen. This looks like no concert film ever. Cameras are everywhere: on stage, backstage, in front of the stage and swooping across the theater on cranes from just about every angle possible. This is as close to an onstage experience that you could ever dream.

Mick Jagger is still in his usual top form, gyrating all over the stage of the Beacon Theater in New York City with all his popular moves and acting as the ringmaster for the evening. Still, two solid hours of the man prancing around the stage can make the film feel endless, although his sheer physicality is hard to discount. Selling every last note and shakin� his booty like he was still 21, the film also features snippets of interview footage from over the years, as a reminder of the history and youthful energy of rock n' roll's original bad boys.

It's fascinating and often hilarious watching the guys unable to contemplate playing rock music in their 60s during the '60s, but over the years we see Mick and Keith becoming more comfortable with the idea of keeping going as long as they can, and they surely have done that...and then some.

Some of the best parts of "Shine A Light" are when other stars come out to share the stage. And the list of guests includes Jack White, Buddy Guy, and Christina Aguilera and they're all trying their best to keep up with the ageless Jagger. Buddy Guy succeeds, launching into a house-on-fire version of "Champagne & Reefer" with the band that is incredible. Christina Aguilera's number is just as much fun. And there's even a shot of Bruce Willis in the audience. The crowd laps up every sweaty moment of this glitzy blast of pure rock and roll energy. It's all an infectious marathon of bluesy rock from the men who started it all.






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