Shine a Light, 12A

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Shine a Light is a Rolling Stones concert film directed by Martin Scorsese, but you'd guess it was a Jools Holland special rather than the work of one of cinema's masters. I suppose you had to be there.

Still, the Stones themselves are on fearsome form. Electrifying a small – for them – New York theatre, Mick Jagger is so scrawny that he looks as if he's been animated by Tim Burton, while Keith "Smoking ban? What smoking ban?" Richards is like the missing evolutionary link. But they tear into greatest hits and obscurities alike with gusto, while sniggering at the fun of it all. It's been a long time since the Stones were first derided as dinosaurs, but if they are, they're velociraptors: lean, agile, muscular and liable to bite anyone who gets in their way.

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