“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”: One-Sentence Review

“Tell in the Dark’s'” acting barely has the oomph to carry this middling for-young-adults “scary” movie past the first act, but thankfully, some decent second-half jolts and improved performances make this a movie worth watching in the dark at least once.

7 out of 12 Tamales

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”: One-Sentence Review

Trading in a focus on exotic muscle cars for more muscle-bound laughs and practical effects for ridiculous green-screen scenes, “Hobbs & Shaw,” thanks to Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is dumb-fun on steroids.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: One-Sentence Review

Expertly mixing historical fiction, revisionist history—and a bit of Forrest Gump dumb luck—”Once Upon a Time in Holllywood” gives us an at-top-of-his-craft Quentin Tarantino and great performances from the who-knew-they-paired-so-well duo of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“The Lion King” (2019): One-Sentence Review

2019’s photorealistic “The Lion King” not only pushes the CGI envelope but also captures the emotional core—heart beat by heart beat— of Disney’s King of early 1990s animated films.

11 out of 12 Tamales

“Stranger Things: Season 3”: One-Sentence Review

Maybe the scope and antagonists have outgrown the town of Hawkins, Indiana, but the core of original characters—plus Maya Hawke’s Robin—are as likable and charismatic as ever.

9.5 out of 12 Tamales