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The Ringer dives into movies as Sean Fennessey sits down with Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers, breaks down the latest industry trends, handicaps the upcoming Oscars race, and reviews new films with Ringer colleagues like Shea Serrano, Amanda Dobbins, and Bill Simmons.

Latest Episodes

The Top Five Movies of the Year | The Big Picture

EChris Ryan and Adam Nayman join Sean and Amanda to rank their top five movies of 2019, which got off to a slow start but has been flooded with great films over the last two months. The quartet discuss masters of their craft like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese making late-period career retrospectives, as well as internationally renowned auteurs like Bong Joon-Ho and Claire Denis stunning American audiences. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Chris Ryan and Adam Nayman

63 MIN8 h ago
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The Top Five Movies of the Year | The Big Picture

'The Irishman' Is NOT Too Long. Plus: Predicting the Golden Globe Nominations. | The Oscars Show

EWe're less than a week away from the official start of awards season: Golden Globe nominations. Amanda and Sean share their best guesses in the major categories and defend the honor of Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' (4:00). Then, resident 'Frozen' fan Jason Gallagher joins to break down why the sequel has become the fall season's juggernaut at the box office (41:10). Finally, Sean is joined by director Todd Haynes to talk about his new film, 'Dark Waters,' a chilling legal thriller that isn't always what it seems (66:10). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Todd Haynes, Jason Gallagher

103 MIN2 d ago
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'The Irishman' Is NOT Too Long. Plus: Predicting the Golden Globe Nominations. | The Oscars Show

The Top 10 Movies of the Decade | The Big Picture

ESean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to discuss, debate, and ultimately crown the 10 best films of the decade as they see them. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan

83 MIN1 w ago
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The Top 10 Movies of the Decade | The Big Picture

Top Five Murder Mysteries. Plus: Rian Johnson on ‘Knives Out’ | The Big Picture

EWe convene to share our top five murder mystery films and judge the category with ranging specificity (1:15). Then writer-director Rian Johnson joins to discuss ‘Knives Out’—the whodunnit vehicle featuring Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, and Ana de Armas—and how he landed on this film after his role in the 'Star Wars' franchise (32:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Rian Johnson

60 MIN1 w ago
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Top Five Murder Mysteries. Plus: Rian Johnson on ‘Knives Out’ | The Big Picture

The Tom Hanks Hall of Fame. Plus: The Snubs and Surprises of the Independent Spirit Award Nominations. | The Big Picture

EThe Spirit Awards typically act as Oscars counterprogramming, rewarding outliers and underseen indies in the race. Sean and Amanda break down the 2020 nominations and what they could mean for the big show (1:09). Then, with 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' hitting theaters, we discuss the long and brilliant career of America's Dad, Tom Hanks, by constructing a hall of fame with his 10 most essential performances (16:15). Finally, Sean is joined by director Marielle Heller to talk about Hanks and how together they captured the essence of Fred Rogers (1:09:49). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Marielle Heller

107 MIN2 w ago
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The Tom Hanks Hall of Fame. Plus: The Snubs and Surprises of the Independent Spirit Award Nominations. | The Big Picture

The Seven "on the Bubble" Oscar Contenders. Plus: #ReleaseTheSnyderCut ... or Something | The Oscars Show

EThe Oscars are closer than you think—just 82 more days!—so Sean and Amanda take a closer look at the chances of 'Ford v. Ferrari,' 'Waves,' and five more potential contenders (2:40). Then they break down the dismal box office performance of Elizabeth Banks's 'Charlie's Angels' reboot (48:02) and discuss the unlikely boost that 'Joker' received over the weekend (59:23). Finally, Sean interviews writer-director Scott Z. Burns about his new drama 'The Report' (68:41). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Scott Z. Burns

112 MIN2 w ago
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The Seven "on the Bubble" Oscar Contenders. Plus: #ReleaseTheSnyderCut ... or Something | The Oscars Show

Top Five Matt Damon Movies and James Mangold on ‘Ford v Ferrari’ | The Big Picture

EWith the release of the Christian Bale–Matt Damon racing two-hander, we look back on Damon’s best performances, including the iconic ‘Good Will Hunting’ and the lesser-known ‘Dogma’ (0:45). Then, James Mangold joins to discuss ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and the threat that a changing movie industry presents to movies like it (58:30). Host: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Chris Ryan and James Mangold

119 MIN2 w ago
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Top Five Matt Damon Movies and James Mangold on ‘Ford v Ferrari’ | The Big Picture

Will Disney+ and Netflix Force the Academy Awards to Recognize Streaming? Plus: Why 'Doctor Sleep' Dozed Off | The Oscars Show

EThe launch of Disney's new streaming service raises fascinating questions about the future of streaming and awards season. Sean and Amanda dive in by looking at the launch slate and whether it will change how we think about the Oscars (1:37). Then, 'The New York Times' culture editor Gilbert Cruz joins to discuss the confusing 'Shining' sequel 'Doctor Sleep' and why the Stephen King adaptation struggled at the box office (28:05). Sean's little sister Grace makes a special appearance to break down her three favorite movies of 2019, and dunk on her older brother (46:50). Amanda and Sean break down this year's Best Original Song slate, which is historically one of the worst categories at the Oscars (1:05:24). And finally, Sean interviews writer-director Trey Edward Shults to discuss one of the year's most moving films, 'Waves' (1:19:11). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Gilbert Cruz, Grace Fennessey, and Trey Edward Shults

119 MIN3 w ago
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Will Disney+ and Netflix Force the Academy Awards to Recognize Streaming? Plus: Why 'Doctor Sleep' Dozed Off | The Oscars Show

'Marriage Story' Destroyed Us. Plus: Noah Baumbach on His Divorce Opus. | The Big Picture

EWriter-director Noah Baumbach's latest is one of the year's best and most emotionally devastating films. The Netflix release stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a young couple reckoning with the dissolution of their relationship and the separation of their intertwined lives. Sean and Amanda take a long look at this story; how it will make you feel about your marriage; Baumbach's catalog of erudite, entertaining movies; and the history of divorce movies (1:25). Then, Baumbach joins Sean to talk about the making of 'Marriage Story,' transposing autobiography onto creative work, and the genius of composer Randy Newman (61:15). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Noah Baumbach

105 MINNOV 8
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'Marriage Story' Destroyed Us. Plus: Noah Baumbach on His Divorce Opus. | The Big Picture

Netflix's 'The Irishman' Is Alive and Well—Are Movie Theaters Dead? Plus: Antonio Banderas! | The Oscars Show

EMartin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' is already being hailed as a sophisticated masterwork—by Sean and Amanda and dozens of critics—that will challenge for Oscars in nearly every major category. But it isn't easy to see in theaters. The battle between Netflix and theater chains to show the movie at multiplexes around the world reveals the perilous future of the movie business (3:00). Then actor Antonio Banderas joins Sean to discuss making the transition from Spain to America; his decades-long collaboration with director Pedro Almodóvar; and their latest film, 'Pain and Glory' (62:20). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Antonio Banderas

104 MINNOV 5
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Netflix's 'The Irishman' Is Alive and Well—Are Movie Theaters Dead? Plus: Antonio Banderas! | The Oscars Show

Latest Episodes

The Top Five Movies of the Year | The Big Picture

EChris Ryan and Adam Nayman join Sean and Amanda to rank their top five movies of 2019, which got off to a slow start but has been flooded with great films over the last two months. The quartet discuss masters of their craft like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese making late-period career retrospectives, as well as internationally renowned auteurs like Bong Joon-Ho and Claire Denis stunning American audiences. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Chris Ryan and Adam Nayman

63 MIN8 h ago
Comments
The Top Five Movies of the Year | The Big Picture

'The Irishman' Is NOT Too Long. Plus: Predicting the Golden Globe Nominations. | The Oscars Show

EWe're less than a week away from the official start of awards season: Golden Globe nominations. Amanda and Sean share their best guesses in the major categories and defend the honor of Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' (4:00). Then, resident 'Frozen' fan Jason Gallagher joins to break down why the sequel has become the fall season's juggernaut at the box office (41:10). Finally, Sean is joined by director Todd Haynes to talk about his new film, 'Dark Waters,' a chilling legal thriller that isn't always what it seems (66:10). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Todd Haynes, Jason Gallagher

103 MIN2 d ago
Comments
'The Irishman' Is NOT Too Long. Plus: Predicting the Golden Globe Nominations. | The Oscars Show

The Top 10 Movies of the Decade | The Big Picture

ESean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to discuss, debate, and ultimately crown the 10 best films of the decade as they see them. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan

83 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Top 10 Movies of the Decade | The Big Picture

Top Five Murder Mysteries. Plus: Rian Johnson on ‘Knives Out’ | The Big Picture

EWe convene to share our top five murder mystery films and judge the category with ranging specificity (1:15). Then writer-director Rian Johnson joins to discuss ‘Knives Out’—the whodunnit vehicle featuring Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, and Ana de Armas—and how he landed on this film after his role in the 'Star Wars' franchise (32:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Rian Johnson

60 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Top Five Murder Mysteries. Plus: Rian Johnson on ‘Knives Out’ | The Big Picture

The Tom Hanks Hall of Fame. Plus: The Snubs and Surprises of the Independent Spirit Award Nominations. | The Big Picture

EThe Spirit Awards typically act as Oscars counterprogramming, rewarding outliers and underseen indies in the race. Sean and Amanda break down the 2020 nominations and what they could mean for the big show (1:09). Then, with 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' hitting theaters, we discuss the long and brilliant career of America's Dad, Tom Hanks, by constructing a hall of fame with his 10 most essential performances (16:15). Finally, Sean is joined by director Marielle Heller to talk about Hanks and how together they captured the essence of Fred Rogers (1:09:49). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Marielle Heller

107 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Tom Hanks Hall of Fame. Plus: The Snubs and Surprises of the Independent Spirit Award Nominations. | The Big Picture

The Seven "on the Bubble" Oscar Contenders. Plus: #ReleaseTheSnyderCut ... or Something | The Oscars Show

EThe Oscars are closer than you think—just 82 more days!—so Sean and Amanda take a closer look at the chances of 'Ford v. Ferrari,' 'Waves,' and five more potential contenders (2:40). Then they break down the dismal box office performance of Elizabeth Banks's 'Charlie's Angels' reboot (48:02) and discuss the unlikely boost that 'Joker' received over the weekend (59:23). Finally, Sean interviews writer-director Scott Z. Burns about his new drama 'The Report' (68:41). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Scott Z. Burns

112 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Seven "on the Bubble" Oscar Contenders. Plus: #ReleaseTheSnyderCut ... or Something | The Oscars Show

Top Five Matt Damon Movies and James Mangold on ‘Ford v Ferrari’ | The Big Picture

EWith the release of the Christian Bale–Matt Damon racing two-hander, we look back on Damon’s best performances, including the iconic ‘Good Will Hunting’ and the lesser-known ‘Dogma’ (0:45). Then, James Mangold joins to discuss ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and the threat that a changing movie industry presents to movies like it (58:30). Host: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Chris Ryan and James Mangold

119 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Top Five Matt Damon Movies and James Mangold on ‘Ford v Ferrari’ | The Big Picture

Will Disney+ and Netflix Force the Academy Awards to Recognize Streaming? Plus: Why 'Doctor Sleep' Dozed Off | The Oscars Show

EThe launch of Disney's new streaming service raises fascinating questions about the future of streaming and awards season. Sean and Amanda dive in by looking at the launch slate and whether it will change how we think about the Oscars (1:37). Then, 'The New York Times' culture editor Gilbert Cruz joins to discuss the confusing 'Shining' sequel 'Doctor Sleep' and why the Stephen King adaptation struggled at the box office (28:05). Sean's little sister Grace makes a special appearance to break down her three favorite movies of 2019, and dunk on her older brother (46:50). Amanda and Sean break down this year's Best Original Song slate, which is historically one of the worst categories at the Oscars (1:05:24). And finally, Sean interviews writer-director Trey Edward Shults to discuss one of the year's most moving films, 'Waves' (1:19:11). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Gilbert Cruz, Grace Fennessey, and Trey Edward Shults

119 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Will Disney+ and Netflix Force the Academy Awards to Recognize Streaming? Plus: Why 'Doctor Sleep' Dozed Off | The Oscars Show

'Marriage Story' Destroyed Us. Plus: Noah Baumbach on His Divorce Opus. | The Big Picture

EWriter-director Noah Baumbach's latest is one of the year's best and most emotionally devastating films. The Netflix release stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a young couple reckoning with the dissolution of their relationship and the separation of their intertwined lives. Sean and Amanda take a long look at this story; how it will make you feel about your marriage; Baumbach's catalog of erudite, entertaining movies; and the history of divorce movies (1:25). Then, Baumbach joins Sean to talk about the making of 'Marriage Story,' transposing autobiography onto creative work, and the genius of composer Randy Newman (61:15). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Noah Baumbach

105 MINNOV 8
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'Marriage Story' Destroyed Us. Plus: Noah Baumbach on His Divorce Opus. | The Big Picture

Netflix's 'The Irishman' Is Alive and Well—Are Movie Theaters Dead? Plus: Antonio Banderas! | The Oscars Show

EMartin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' is already being hailed as a sophisticated masterwork—by Sean and Amanda and dozens of critics—that will challenge for Oscars in nearly every major category. But it isn't easy to see in theaters. The battle between Netflix and theater chains to show the movie at multiplexes around the world reveals the perilous future of the movie business (3:00). Then actor Antonio Banderas joins Sean to discuss making the transition from Spain to America; his decades-long collaboration with director Pedro Almodóvar; and their latest film, 'Pain and Glory' (62:20). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Antonio Banderas

104 MINNOV 5
Comments
Netflix's 'The Irishman' Is Alive and Well—Are Movie Theaters Dead? Plus: Antonio Banderas! | The Oscars Show
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