The Ringer

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Rating Title/Year Author
Us (2019) Adam Nayman Ideally, watching Us, we'd see ourselves, and some viewers may well have those moments of recognition. What I see is a talented guy going for broke and, for better and for worse, getting there. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Us (2019) Miles Surrey The movie is downright scary, a doppelganger nightmare that also provides the best reason in recent memory for why one ought to avoid funhouses...it begs further analysis and conversation. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Dirt (2019) Rob Harvilla Anyone watching this film for actual Musical Content is bound to be disappointed... EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Adam Nayman The best Dragged Across Concrete can muster is a bitter, cynical chuckle about how crime really does pay. It's the perfect sentiment for a filmmaker who, more than anything, seems pleased to be getting away with something. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
() Alison Herman With Growing, Schumer finally, consciously evolves. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Jane Hu Marvel films should be allowed to be mediocre and confusing, but if you are invested in how Hollywood-and superhero franchises in particular-represents female characters, then the stakes of these films shift a little. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Greta (2018) Manuela Lazic Greta made me jump in fright and laugh uproariously throughout its airtight 98-minute runtime-and had me once again marveling at the new kind of international stardom that Huppert has reached in the past few years. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Adam Nayman At the same time that Hale County's collage style helps the film avoid becoming a Southern variation on Hoop Dreams, it refuses to lapse into anything resembling hand-wringing melancholy. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019) Donnie Kwak You Complete Me, Ho amounts to a self-congratulatory victory lap, replete with casual celebrity name-drops in Jeong's anecdotal storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Adam Nayman Happy Death Day 2U finally collapses under the weight of its own ambitions, as well as some unfortunate forays into slapstick. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Miles Surrey It's by no means a perfect blockbuster, but Alita has distinctive cyberpunk visuals, thrilling fight scenes, and a charming, soulful lead performance from Salazar that should be remembered for more than just her big CGI eyes. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Jane Hu What I love about Stone's twisted performance in The Favourite is that her role so aggressively asks the question, "what if I were the protagonist of this story?" EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Alison Herman Wilson may not be a radical reimagining of the rom-com protagonist, but she does represent an expansion of its previously narrow parameters. It can't and won't upend a template it holds so much obvious affection for. But it does model a path forward. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) Claire McNear If there is a point to Abducted beyond simply retelling the saga's many horrors and waiting for the viewer's jaw to drop, it might be its own principals' disbelief. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Miles Surrey The sequel argues that there should be more Emmets than Dangervests in pop culture, and is remarkably, hilariously unconcerned with whether or not Pratt gets caught in the crossfire of that debate. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Manuela Lazic Cold Pursuit focuses on cliché ideas of Native American spirituality and places these othering conceptions high above the reality of discrimination. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Adam Nayman Spence's been-there, seen-that mentality and Erick's naivete are opposite poles around which Ray can orbit, connecting with both while occupying his own rhetorical space... EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Jane Hu The film, with its frivolous genre-switching, becomes an oddly appropriate thematization of the thinness of this world: slick and shiny, reflecting its high production value, but ultimately unreal. Isn't that the point? EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Miss Bala (2019) Shea Serrano Gina Rodriguez is as good as she's allowed to be as an L.A. makeup artist tied up in a Mexican drug war, but the rest of the movie feels inert. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Adam Nayman If Velvet Buzzsaw had stayed in its lane as a giggly snapshot of art-world power plays-with Morf's mix of aesthetic authority and interpersonal shadiness as its focal point-it might have been a minor, enjoyable farce. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Miles Surrey The Kid's intent is not to shock but charm, and to remind viewers of a bygone era of live-action kids movies that were actually kids movies and not just kid-friendly. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Doragon bôru chô: Burorî -- Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) Micah Peters Dragon Ball Super: Broly is occasionally hilarious, fun throughout, and, even if the premise is thin, the action is so illogical and amazing that it borders on psychedelic. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Serenity (2019) Miles Surrey Well, having finally seen Serenity, let me just say: REOPEN ALCATRAZ AND GIVE STEVEN KNIGHT A LIFETIME SENTENCE. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Shea Serrano It's a fun movie and a good way to spend 100 minutes and so you should go see it. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2019
Bumblebee (2018) Miles Surrey To see the series finally reflected on the big screen with the same childlike wonder of playing with the toys in your bedroom is cathartic after years of Bay's cinematic mayhem. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Andrew Gruttadaro Zemeckis is making medium-reviewed movies that barely have an audience, and Marwen is a remarkable nadir. I still don't know what he was going for, and no matter how many questions I ask, I never will. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Cameron Esposito: Rape Jokes (2018) Alison Herman With swagger and passion, Esposito makes a statement that still never stops being funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Adam Nayman As a piece of film direction, Destroyer has enough heft, momentum, and texture to hopefully earn Kusama more opportunities at this elevated budget level. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (2003) Alison Herman Relatable is the work of an entertainer who has given herself permission: to admit just how awful it felt to be rejected by people she loves because of who she is; to complain about being asked to dance wherever she goes; to not be relatable. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Mule (2018) Sean Fennessey Eastwood himself is winning in The Mule, smiling a lot more than usual, his trademark scowl registering at a minimum; he's rascally almost. He doesn't transform, but he's different. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Sean Fennessey ...one of the most unwatchable movies from a major studio this decade. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mortal Engines (2018) Miles Surrey While the rest of Mortal Engines fails to reach the highs of its lurid opening set piece, there are a lot of intriguing elements at play thanks to the film's particularly strange world-building conceit... EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Micah Peters It's delightful, and successful at so many different things at once: a gorgeous feat of filmmaking, a thoughtful and not-at-all fussy dissection of the genre... EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Roma (2018) Lindsay Zoladz It doesn't matter how you see it; Alfonso Cuarón's latest is a movie that turns you inside out, revealing a personal story on a grand scale. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
The House That Jack Built (2018) Manuela Lazic Von Trier choosing to take that risk may be his boldest declaration of humanity: to him, there is no doubt that Jack is deeply wrong. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Adam Nayman It's in this same spirit of unchangeability that Lazzaro's goodness endures -not as a foil to the forces of exploitation, but as their instrument. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Minding the Gap (2018) Micah Peters Something about riding a board makes prophets out of the people who ride them. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Momentum Generation (2018) Micah Peters Momentum Generation is concerned with how different people traverse that weird and confusing space between childhood and adulthood. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Miles Surrey Instead of being a studio's box office disaster, the film's found a life on the streamer. Just don't show it to your kids. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Minding the Gap (2018) Sean Fennessey It's an unusually raw and upsetting movie made with grace and a seeming ease, across several years. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Zama (2017) Adam Nayman If cinema is about being transported to another place, Martel is unrivaled as a guide... EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
First Reformed (2017) Sean Fennessey Schrader's portrait of a pastor coming unglued from his faith and corporeal reality features one of the great performances of the century in Ethan Hawke's forlorn Reverend Ernst Toller. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Un beau soleil intérieur (2017) Adam Nayman For a movie that may ultimately be about the need for compromise, Let the Sunshine In doesn't make any-and that's why it's Denis at her best. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Sean Fennessey It's an odd, intoxicating film with a score that will invade your bloodstream, a breathtaking third act, and a puzzle-box ending that rewards multiple viewings. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Adam Nayman Hall's hugely appealing performance has already been honored by the New York Film Critics Circle, and she fully inhabits a character whose mix of pride, professionalism, and protectiveness makes her a heroine. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Alison Herman The Favourite is one of the best of 2018... EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Green Book (2018) Jourdain Searles Green Book operates in a Fisher Price world, where every heart can be changed and friendship always prevails. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Manuela Lazic For Kore-eda, money unavoidably gives reliance on each other the appearance of abuse, even in the eyes of the kindest shoplifter. Doubt takes over, and the herd disperses into lonely wolves, aggressive because they are scared of getting hurt again. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Scrooged (1988) Rob Harvilla Scrooged is, indeed, phenomenally loud, and also very mean, and somehow also ultimately heartening, in a loopy yuletide sort of way. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Widows (2018) Miles Surrey Widows is a blockbuster full of ideas, and McQueen (along with cowriter Gillian Flynn) unpacks them with clever staging and camera work. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018