The Ringer

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Rating Title/Year Author
Blinded by the Light (2019) Rob Harvilla ...this movie is entirely devoted to capturing what makes Springsteen so beloved and enduring, and willing to risk looking uncool to get there. It's not trying to convert you, but it does a fine job of depicting the unembarrassed fervor of the converted. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Adam Nayman Because Linklater never truly risks alienating his audience, the story's central mechanism of Bernadette as an intractable outsider rings hollow. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Rob Harvilla It has the distinct, lazy "80 percent of an actual movie" vibe you get from most Netflix originals...you've seen this movie before, worse versions, maybe, but better versions, definitely. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
A Perfect Getaway (2009) Adam Nayman The intimacy of A Perfect Getaway can be read as Twohy's response to his adventures in mega-budget moviemaking, as can its smartly self-reflexive references to the craft of storytelling itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Miles Surrey ... as Hobbs & Shaw has demonstrated, these characters can more than hold their own, and feel most assured when they're not indebted to their predecessors. When family drifts apart, it's not always a bad thing. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Lindsay Zoladz You can't tell the story of the Manson murders without at least gesturing toward Polanski, but he's presented with an unexamined lightness that feels indicative of the movie's general tendency to skirt tougher questions about violence against women. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Rob Harvilla The remake's ceiling is Good Enough. Favreau hits that ceiling often enough, sure. But even in those moments, don't expect to be thrilled-only soothed. It is, indeed, a problem-free philosophy. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Miles Surrey The Mouse House's spate of remakes is...deeply dispiriting. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Luz (2018) Adam Nayman Less-is-more philosophy is crucial to the film's effectiveness. Instead of letting his lack of resources be a liability, Singer leans into the benefits of minimalism. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Crawl (2019) Adam Nayman What's likable about Aja's new thriller, Crawl, is how the director pares down his indulgences into a fine, sharp point. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Make Happy (2016) Alison Herman A shockingly prickly, frequently meta medley of stand-up and song that challenges Burnham's fans more than it caters to them. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016) Alison Herman Cobra is a contradiction in terms ,  and the sly, surface-level hypocrisy is part of Wong's genius, building to one of the most skillful closers in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (2014) Alison Herman One of the Greats opens with a montage that styles Peretti after her idols, and the special itself is filled with cutaways to Peretti in character, often as a clown. It's a fittingly weird and inventive approach for someone like Peretti. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Manuela Lazic The Farewell [is] a vivid and endlessly relatable story of fractured identity in a globalized world. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015) Alison Herman Watch for the laughs, but also the pleasure of watching a masterful entertainer grow into his talents. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers (2015) Alison Herman The final third of Thoughts and Prayers is a thrilling break from his established pattern, a near-20-minute meditation on public performance of sympathy in the wake of tragedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Alison Herman Ansari flips from being the subject of uncomfortable questions to decisively weighing in on those same dilemmas. It's an abrupt and audacious switch... Regardless, at BAM, Ansari manages to carry the audience right along with him. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness (2019) Rob Harvilla Chasing Happiness has a familiar and pleasing rise-and-fall-and-rise arc from ungodly success to grim disillusionment to triumphant rebirth. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Lindsay Zoladz Through the force of her complex, engrossing performance, Pugh brings Dani's many ambiguities to light. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Adam Nayman The key dichotomy in Midsommar's network of contradictions is the one between humor and horror, which also informs many of the genre classics that Aster admires. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Adam Nayman I very much wanted Far From Home to keep the Spider-Man strand of Marvel's experiment-slash-empire-building taut and strong. It doesn't quite hold, though; not all the way through, and not in all the places that count, either. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Miles Surrey Annabelle Comes Home is the best indication yet that the minds behind the franchise understand how to extend both its life span and commercial appeal. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Rob Harvilla Toy Story 4 functions as a reverent send-off for both Woody and Hanks, with a denouement every bit as stingingly sweet as Endgame's... EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Elizabeth Nelson The Rolling Thunder Revue's beautiful, unreplicable, crazy-quilt mix of folk, country, glam rock, and proto-Americana sounds like nothing he's done before or since. Mostly, it sounds like joy. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Late Night (2019) Alison Herman Late Night's treatment of the host herself is considerably less tidy, and the movie is all the stronger for it. Thompson and Kaling are under no illusions that Katherine's gender would make her any gentler, kinder, or more empathetic... EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Manuela Lazic The triumph of The Lighthouse lies not only in its darkness, but in how it illuminates the fragility and terror of its characters in front of our eyes. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Domino (2019) Adam Nayman It's hard to imagine any critic-myself included-suggesting we're looking at an all-time great finale. But I did laugh out loud while feeling liberated, guilty and disgusted for doing so. DePalma's still got it. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Ma (2019) Manuela Lazic [Ma] tediously arrives at a hysterical conclusion, short of breath. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Alison Herman Deadwood has never shied away from its own meta streak, and the movie proves no exception. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Adam Nayman It's one thing for a blockbuster to skillfully mix tones; it's another when nobody involved in the production seems to have been decisive about managing the overall vibe. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Micah Peters It's difficult to come away from Brightburn without feeling like there were some missed opportunities, in other words. Rarely does it rise above the basic subversion of what if Superman, but evil. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Adam Nayman Its harsh, pitiless violence could earn it a cult, but it's ultimately a workmanlike movie playing at being something more renegade-an unconvincing disguise. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) Miles Surrey The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is a weird flex, but we'd be more than OK if the Lonely Island gave us more stuff like this, on a streamer that's clearly content to let them do whatever the hell they want. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
() Manuela Lazic Its weirdly earnest tone keeps Deerskin grounded and coherent even as Georges turns murderous, taking the film to genre territory. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Manuela Lazic Haenel brings her turbulent presence to Héloïse, but with a degree of era-appropriate restraint that makes her moments of vulnerability and rebellion all the more distressing. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Zombi Child (2019) Manuela Lazic Even as he acknowledges his borrowing of a cultural tradition, Bonello doesn't think himself above the visceral pleasures of the cinematic genre that came out of it; Zombi Child has its brains and eats them too. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Manuela Lazic Malick didn't make a film about living comfortably-only in accordance with what is right. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Manuela Lazic Almodóvar is optimistic that pain, whether mental or physical, can, once addressed, lead to genuine glory. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Miles Surrey It's a largely unremarkable, mindless sea of CGI and sand dunes... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Manuela Lazic Ideally, a movie like this would either fully sweep its audience up in a rush of emotion or else take them out of their comfort zones. Rocketman does neither. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Miles Surrey Make no mistake, Detective Pikachu is a film appealing to its fandom. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
El Chicano (2018) Shea Serrano El Chicano isn't that great of a movie, but it's ambitious and I am glad that it exists because it means we're walking toward more movies that star members of the Latinx community. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Micah Peters An expansive story, a large and unwieldy universe, plenty of knowing callbacks, the willing suspension of disbelief-and a setup for the next one... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sean Fennessey At its outset, Endgame is a dour bit of rockism-a testament to the power of earnest storytelling. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Rob Harvilla Homecoming is a full-blown and painstakingly lush concert film dropping quick bursts of backstage footage amid the glamor and grandiosity of the instantly beloved show itself. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Inherent Vice (2014) Manuela Lazic PTA gets loose with the film noir form only to better honor its essential dualities: people's simultaneous longing for and dreading of the truth, their desire to see things clearly or instead remain in the idealized world of their (intoxicated) mind... EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Manuela Lazic As though he were revisiting the 1970s' reimagining of the 1930s film noir, Black plays with the 21st-century spectator's expectations of perverse plot twists to highlight his characters' humanity. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Mulholland Dr. (2001) Manuela Lazic Lynch understands better than anyone how pop culture items such as old rock tunes and movie musicals are ingrained in everyone's (sub)consciousness, quietly defining people's aspirations and perception. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
The Big Lebowski (1998) Manuela Lazic Already a pessimistic take on the American Dream and the ideal of the self-made man, the model of the film-noir detective is ridiculed in The Big Lebowski. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Chinatown (1974) Manuela Lazic Once you've seen it, Chinatown never leaves you. Like Jake, you can't forget it. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019