“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”: One-Sentence Review

A rare stumble for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Falcon and the Winter Soldier squanders poignant themes, fails to deliver on the promise of its progressive storylines, and wastes some the better straight-to-streaming action sequences.

6.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Godzilla vs. Kong”: One-Sentence Review

A special effects behemoth, Godzilla vs. Kong smashes past weaker, human-driven subplots and delivers on its promise of entertaining, titanic-sized rumbles.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“The Courier”: One-Sentence Review

The Baker Street sleuth, Benedict Cumberbatch, turns amateur foreign agent, convincingly, in director Dominic Cooke’s The Courier, a mostly true—and mostly entertaining—story of Great Britain’s most unlikely Cold War spy, Greville Wynne. 

9 out of 12 Tamales

“Raya and the Last Dragon”: One-Sentence Review

Raya and the Last Dragon’s stupendous animation and imaginative characters catapult this welcome Disney entry past How to Train Your Dragon-lite territory. 

8.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Coming 2 America”: One-Sentence Review

A brisk power walk down memory lane, Coming 2 America revisits, with mostly diminishing returns, the majority of the first Coming’s jokes and characters, leaving no stone, zirconia or diamond, unturned.

6 out of 12 Tamales

“WandaVision”: One-Sentence Review

Hidden behind WandaVision’s quaint, subdued sitcom facade is an epic Marvel story of love and loss that falls only an episode or two short of perfection. 

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Tom and Jerry”: One-Sentence Review

Even if Tom and Jerry are a minor nuisance rather than characters capable of carrying their own film, there’s enough comedic adeptness in the live-action co-stars to make up for this classic duo’s two dimensional performance. 

7 out of 12 Tamales

“I Care a Lot”: One-Sentence Review

Redeemability at zilch and villainy at Mach 10, I Care a Lot is a disgraceful, fiery train wreck you can’t help rubbernecking.

8.5 out of 12 Tamales