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Steven Spielberg Prints the Legend

Steven Spielberg Prints the Legend

Filed under:The master director’s essayistic, autobiographical film ‘The Fabelmans’ may be little more than a victory lap. Still, no one sees things quite like he can.“Mommy and Daddy will be with you the entire time.” So begins Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical fantasia The Fabelmans, with 7-year-old Sammy (Mateo Zoryna Francis-Deford) taking in 1952’s Best Picture–winning circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth with his parents. Waiting in line with their wide-eyed son, Burt and Mitzi Fabelman (Paul Dano and Michelle Williams) each try in their own way to quell his obvious anxiety: dad...

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The History—and Heart—of the Cult Movie

The History—and Heart—of the Cult Movie

Filed under:From ‘Freaks’ to ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ from ‘Showgirls’ to ‘Donnie Darko,’ the films considered to be cult favorites are, by definition, the ones that inspire fervent, highly emotional attachmentThis week on The Ringer, we celebrate those movies that from humble or overlooked beginnings rose to prominence through the support of their obsessive fan bases. The movies that were too heady for mainstream audiences; the comedies that were before their time; the small indies that changed the direction of Hollywood. Welcome to .“Are you afraid to believe what your eyes can...

January 25, 2021
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‘The King of Staten Island’ Is More Than Just Outer-Borough Tourism

‘The King of Staten Island’ Is More Than Just Outer-Borough Tourism

Filed under: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, and let the story unfold independent of himself.The weirdest scene in any Judd Apatow movie has to be the bit in Trainwreck when LeBron James stages an intervention for his close friend Aaron (Bill Hader) featuring Chris Evert, Matthew Broderick, and Marv Albert. It’s an amazing assemblage, and Hader’s character knows it; as the only noncelebrity in the room, he’s at once skeptical and freaked...

June 12, 2020
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