The Ringer

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Tax Collector (2020) Miles Surrey ...even in the world of schlocky entertainment, which is a best-case scenario for enjoying an Ayer joint, The Tax Collector suffers from a self-serious tone and surprisingly slow pacing. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
The Tax Collector (2020) Rob Harvilla The Tax Collector is the flick Redbox forces you to rent if you rack up too many late fees; it's the joyless turkey a fallen matinee idol makes when there are literally no other options... EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
The Rental (2020) Adam Nayman Instead of trying to make a point, Franco just makes his movie, and that's just fine. It's not a backhanded compliment to say The Rental is worthy of its title. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Ben Lindbergh There are worse ways to spend a small, action-packed piece of the summer than on a less familiar look at World War II provided by Hanks... EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2020
Jaws (1975) Adam Nayman The beauty of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic is that you can choose how to watch it: as a summery, shark-bitten thriller or as an allegory about the failed leadership of institutions... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Adam Nayman Judd Apatow has a history of hyper-reflexivity, turning his films into ruminations on his own world. His latest Pete Davidson-led project, though, suggests a conscious effort to change... EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020) Micah Peters Apokolips bears only a passing resemblance to any comic, and goes to great lengths to establish itself as a mature DC story, for adults. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Trip to Greece (2020) Elizabeth Nelson In The Trip to Greece, the film's culminating moments are rendered terribly moving by a scene in which the two finally say...nothing at all. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Fail-Safe (1964) Adam Nayman Fail Safe imagines a no-win situation backing a sturdy, dependable American president in the proverbial corner, where, in a bit of sentimental and masochistically crowd-pleasing fantasy, he manages to do the right thing. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Adam Nayman Guess Who's Coming to Dinner toes the line between thoughtful, responsible social commentary and didactic messaging; their contents reflect a genuine national uncertainty... EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Adam Nayman If it's possible for a film's ending to feel at once ambiguous and definitive, Bonnie and Clyde leaves the viewer feeling torn apart without necessarily knowing why. Its mix of lyricism, brutality, and ambivalence... EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Adam Nayman The Assistant is a top-notch American movie on the verge of becoming collateral damage in an endless spring that's rewiring our collective viewing habits. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Beastie Boys Story (2020) Rob Harvilla Beastie Boys Story is hopefully the last act in a pleasurable but awfully indulgent burst of multimedia brand management. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Mute (2017) Miles Surrey Unfortunately, the Alexander Skarsgaard vehicle could not be more different from its predecessor... EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
Trolls World Tour (2020) Rob Harvilla A movie only a bored child could love... EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
Tigertail (2020) Jane Hu ...a profound, deliberate bridge between Asia and the United States, going a long way to make American film feel less local... EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
() David Shoemaker At times it felt like you had accidentally stumbled through a stage door and into a dress rehearsal for the actual WrestleMania, but that made the moments of transcendence-and distraction-all the more powerful. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
The Tree of Life (2011) Adam Nayman Malick's earnest pretentiousness surely invites derisive laughter. But it also withstands it, and like the ancient evergreen of its title, it towers benevolently over less ambitious movies... EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
L'Enfant (2005) Adam Nayman L'Enfant deals in matters of (organized) crime and punishment without compromising its emotional acuity or spiritual purity. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Elephant (2003) Adam Nayman ...it remains one of the most unsettlingly accomplished American movies of the new millennium, and exactly as difficult to categorize or definitively interpret as its maker intended. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Pulp Fiction (1994) Adam Nayman Quentin Tarantino's retro-fetishism was the future of American cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Barton Fink (1991) Adam Nayman Barton Fink is one for the record books. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
The Conversation (1974) Adam Nayman Coming after the dark, sumptuous classicism of The Godfather, The Conversation's choppy, elliptical style looked almost like the work of a different filmmaker, one willing to take risks with new forms and techniques. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Under Satan's Sun (1987) Adam Nayman There's a fine line between searing seriousness and po-faced self-parody, and Under the Sun of Satan walks it bravely, turning Depardieu into a vessel for pious pessimism opposite Sandrine Bonnaire... EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
If... (1968) Adam Nayman From its title on down, If ... is a movie about the power and peril of imagination, and the seductive thrill of wishing that we might externalize our inner lives for all to see and fear. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Adam Nayman Charm may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't find this movie irresistible, you should get your eyesight checked. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Viridiana (1961) Adam Nayman Viridiana's unblinking vision of a world without true innocence isn't misanthropic, but powerfully, unapologetically humane-a black comedy without pity or judgment. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Adam Nayman It's as complex as its logline suggests, but far more deft and subtle. It should be seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Game Over, Man! (2018) Miles Surrey Thankfully, the movie does clock in at less than 100 minutes-it could've been a lot worse. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Elizabeth Nelson In Everybody Wants Some!!, Linklater hints at something different: the notion that competitiveness at this level is a quirk at best and a sort of madness at worst, a deeply compulsive behavior... EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
In Jackson Heights (2015) Adam Nayman ...improbably nostalgic, while also offering hope that the communities whose intricate maintenance we once took for granted can be more gratefully reclaimed in the future. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Adam Nayman Nymphomaniac has an amazingly eclectic cast of weirdos and movie stars acting weird, and their stamina goes a long way toward keeping things sweaty, grotesque, and funny for more than four NC-17-rated hours... EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) Adam Nayman Gangs of Wasseypur isn't necessarily realistic-instead, it's a glossy, gory soap opera that goes over the top early and often, mirroring, realizing, and satirizing the outsized, outrageous gangster-movie fantasies of its characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
Hoop Dreams (1994) Adam Nayman At once a rigorous exploration of the sports-educational industrial complex and an intimate piece of portraiture... EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
JFK (1991) Adam Nayman One of the most frenetically edited studio movies ever made, JFK is a paradox, a movie of unstoppable velocity that seems to drag on forever. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
The Right Stuff (1983) Adam Nayman Where 2001: A Space Odyssey depicted astronauts (and mankind) as being at the mercy of some higher, alien intelligence, The Right Stuff finds its characters imposing their will on the unknown. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
Barry Lyndon (1975) Adam Nayman The sense of torpor simultaneously helps to call attention to the painterly beauty of the images-widescreen compositions evoking the light and coloring of 18th century paintings-and the grim, fatalistic determinism of the narrative... EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Adam Nayman We become so familiar with Jeanne's daily routine that, as the movie goes on, even minor variations in what she does register as dramatic events, and major diversions feel like earthquakes... EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
Giant (1956) Adam Nayman The contrast between Hudson's stolid, genteel acting style and Dean's more electric approach gives Giant the energy it needs to propel its massive, decades-spanning narrative... EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
The True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016) Miles Surrey True Memoirs of an International Assassin would've benefited from embracing the inherent stupidity of being the Kevin James Spy Movie rather than trying, and failing, to punch above its weight. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2020
The Hunt (2020) Sean Fennessey There's a movie about how divided we are out there somewhere, without the fear of reprisal and the bothsidesism that softens The Hunt's brute force, less interested in self-scolding than in making something authentically brazen. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2020
First Cow (2019) Adam Nayman Reichardt delivers an expertly lush, languid tale about friendship, class, and yes, a very handsome cow... EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Rob Harvilla The pleasant revelation of The Invisible Man is how well it works on a scene-to-scene, scare-to-scare basis; what's a bit disappointing is how minor its resonance beyond the frame feels. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Manuela Lazic Rather than technology for technology's sake, the animation in the Harrison Ford-led movie about a dog rediscovering his true nature is profoundly deliberate... EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Pete Davidson: Alive From New York (2020) Rob Harvilla The cycle begins anew. Alive From New York is designed to trigger a modest but manageable backlash. Whatever happens from here-good, bad, or ugly-you can bet Davidson will at least get some material out of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
() Alison Herman Like all the best gambits, The Golden One's form follows its function: reflecting the singularity of a particular creative life. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Miles Surrey Unfortunately, it's more of a formulaic disappointment than a tragicomic masterpiece... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Downhill (2020) Adam Nayman The Force Majeure remake starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus isn't an all-out disaster, just oddly disappointing... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Scott Tobias With Portrait of a Lady on Fire, French filmmaker Céline Sciamma is now four films into an already impressive career, and on the verge of a breakthrough... EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Miles Surrey Thankfully, Birds of Prey never threatens you with a Leto reprisal. Instead, once you get past all the chaos, the Joker's absence actually makes for an interesting premise. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020