“The Irishman”: One-Sentence Review

The truth may, or may not, be sleeping with the fishes in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”; regardless, the deft mafia underworld surrounding Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance pulls you in—even if a digitally modified Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci foreshadows a hit on gangster films as we know them.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“Knives Out”: One-Sentence Review

No source material, a hard-to-get-right genre, no problem, “Knives Out” is this year’s most original—most inventive—movie, a whodunnit that truly keeps you guessing, and laughing, until the closing credits.

11.5 out of 12 Tamales

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”: One-Sentence Review

If looking for a good Mister Rogers movie, you’re better off watching last year’s documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” because not even Tom Hanks, or Daniel Tiger, can help “A Beautiful Day” make sensible directorial choices.

5 out of 12 Tamales

“Jojo Rabbit”: One-Sentence Review

World War II’s not supposed to be funny—Hitler much less—yet writer-director Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” defies the odds and the stigma by channeling his inner Wes Anderson/Mel Brooks to give us this year’s top comedy.

11 out of 12 Tamales