“Aladdin (2019)”: One-Sentence Review

While 1992’s “Aladdin” has the benefit of an all-time great voice performance from Robin Williams’ Genie—plus, being first goes a long way—2019’s live-action version outdoes its traditionally-animated counterpart in at least spectacle and action, making a visit to this well-known world worth it.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum”: One-Sentence Review

“Parabellum’s” greatest strength, non-stop action, becomes a glaring weakness once the monotony sets in and the stakes drop to zero, but there’s credit to be given to the choreography of the jaw-dropping stunts.

7.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Pokemon: Detective Pikachu”: One-Sentence Review

Ryan Reynolds-voiced Detective Pikachu’s cuteness and biting wit, plus some nicely rendered CGI Pokémon, can only distract the audience for so long before the evidence makes it clear that this movie’s only worth catching on TV.

6.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Game of Thrones: Season 3”: One-Sentence Review

While exposition is king, galvanizing action sequences with dramatic heft are queen in a season with one drawback—preceding the amazingness that is “Game of Thrones: Season 4.”

10.5 out of 12 Tamales