“Hamilton”: One-Sentence Review

Hamilton brings home the front-row: the catching tunes, the compelling story, and the melting pot of complexity—all in a two and a half hour revisionist, historical musical full of passion and soul.

12 out of 12 Tamales

“Unsolved Mysteries (2020)”: One-Sentence Review

A sorely missed Robert Stack doesn’t prevent this Netflix rendition of Unsolved Mysteries from matching its 80s/90s counterpart’s spine-tingling creepiness.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“The King of Staten Island”: One-Sentence Review

There’s real artistry at work when Judd Apatow’s direction and Pete Davidson’s performance balance the want of punching the lead character in the mouth or giving him a consoling bear hug.

8.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Slumdog Millionaire”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Slumdog Millionaire, set in the palpable vibrancy of Mumbai and other parts of India, is modern Dickens—with flair—putting viewers at the edge of a hot seat they won’t readily leave.

12 out of 12 Tamales

“Upload: Season One”: One-Sentence Review

Playing more like castoff Black Mirror and The Good Place episodes, Upload, despite super-producer Greg Daniels’s best effort, is too derivative to merit a download or stream.

5.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Outer Banks”: One-Sentence Review

Hitting the high seas with more teenage drama than most cruise liners can hold in cargo, Outer Banks is easy-to-watch, low-tide-treasure-hunt entertainment.

7 out of 12 Tamales