“What We Do in the Shadows”: One-Sentence Review

The movie before the hit FX show, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows, lays the groundwork—above and six feet below—to what has transitioned into one of TV’s funniest shows.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“Candyman (2021)”: One-Sentence Review

Director Nia DaCosta’s contemporary Candyman sequel makes a beeline toward powerful and poignant social commentary, sometimes at the cost of coherency, yet the scares are consistently at a buzz.

7.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”: One-Sentence Review

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best origin story since Iron Man, Shang-Chi, packs a wallop of a punch—a fantastic fusion of East and West that emphatically rings in the debut of Phase 4’s newest star.

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Free Guy”: One-Sentence Review

The conundrum, this year’s most inventive film is also its most derivative—yet—despite Free Guy openly borrowing elements from Grand Theft Auto, Fortnite, Truman Show, and Wreck it Ralph, among others, it bustles with considerable originality and humor.

11 out of 12 Tamales

“The Suicide Squad”: One-Sentence Review

Director and writer James Gunn’s soft reboot of 2016’s Suicide Squad shoots from the hip—with a bazooka— as it avoids its predecessor’s pitfalls and amps up what worked to eleven.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Jungle Cruise”: One-Sentence Review

Although the underwhelming special effects muddle Jungle Cruise’s action sequences, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt maintain a strong enough presence throughout this Disney escapade to make it a cruise worth boarding.

8 out of 12 Tamales