“Cobra Kai: Season Two”: One-Sentence Review

Holding back no punches, Cobra Kai improves on season one’s excellence, winning match point after match point as it expertly moves 35 year old and current storylines forward.

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Cobra Kai: Season One”: One-Sentence Review

Unexpectedly kickass, Cobra Kai revives its 1980s movie counterpart(s) with a series that is both welcoming to new fans and rewarding to those around since the beginning.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Tenet”: One-Sentence Review

Christopher Nolan’s love letter to himself, Tenet, even with typical, slick Nolan sequences and strong acting, alienates its viewers—filming in iambic pentameter instead of for-the-masses prose.

6 out of 12 Tamales

“Mulan (2020)”: One-Sentence Review

While Mulan’s tone and humor can be terse at times, the immense scope, the gorgeous cinematography, and inspiring action set pieces bring a certain gravitas to this worthwhile reimagining.

9.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Bill & Ted Face the Music”: One-Sentence Review

The days of excellency are long past in this second sequel to the 1989 original, but some noteworthy cameos and a half-way okay subplot keep it from being completely tone-deaf.

6 out of 12 Tamales

“An American Pickle”: One-Sentence Review

A quainter and milder Encino Man, An American Pickle is the double-dose-of-Seth Rogen comedy we didn’t know we wanted—even if the story eventually gets too big for its early 20th century britches.

8.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Project Power”: One-Sentence Review

An inventive premise, quality performances, and mostly spectacular effects take Project Power halfway to remarkable, but a faulty script and characters that don’t quite click makes this super hero movie fall weak.

6.5 out of 12 Tamales

“The Umbrella Academy: Season 2”: One-Sentence Review

Gerard Way’s and Gabriel Bá’s The Umbrella Academy is back with more fantastic musical covers and another entertaining, world-saving, time-traveling, even if it’s gotten a little redundant, adventure.

9 out of 12 Tamales