“Little Women (2019):” One-Sentence Review

With Greta Gerwig at the helm, “Little Women” powers past the period piece fodder of earlier adaptations and gives the audience, familiar or unfamiliar with the book, a timeless, mature take on the March sisters.

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens”: One-Sentence Review

The magic, the wonder, the excitement is strong with “The Force Awakens,” which emphatically and monumentally re-launched the “Star Wars” universe for a whole new generation.

12 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode VI-Return of the Jedi”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Endings, film or otherwise, are hard, let alone ending the greatest trilogy of all time, but somehow “Return of the Jedi” pulls it off—celebrating Ewoks and all.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Not many sequels live up to their predecessors’ promise, especially one so lofty, but “The Empire Strikes Back” does just that—delivering a rollicking, exciting, tour de force of a follow up.

11.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Originality like a “A New Hope’s” only comes around once a generation—if that—a testament to George Lucas’s prodigious vision and creativity.

12 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith”: Throwback-Tamales Review

It’s the dark side, most memorably Ian McDiarmid’s Darth Sidious, that shines in “Revenge of the Sith,” the only prequel with substance, purpose—and even less Jar Jar.

9 out of 12 Tamales