“The Queen of Katwe”: One-Sentence Review

Though the The Queen of Katwe mostly adheres to the Disney biopic formula, “unlikely underdog overcomes all odds and succeeds,” director Mira Nair’s (Monsoon Wedding) concerted effort to have cultural authenticity and superb acting in Katwe lifts the film above mediocrity.

7.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Kubo and the Two Strings”: One-Sentence Review

Kubo’s touch of vibrant magical realism, seamless nod to Japanese anime, and great voice over work from leads Charlize Theron and Art Parkinson show off what stop-motion animation studio Laika can do when it’s at its creative best!

11 out of 12 Tamales

“Hell or High Water”: One-Sentence Review

Hell or High Water’s topnotch acting from Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster, adept directing from Englishman David Mackenzie (Young Adam), and colloquially superb dialogue from Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan, collectively deliver one of the decade’s better modern-westerns.

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Suicide Squad”: One-Sentence Review

The pop art one sheets and the perfectly edited movie trailers, with their catchy, feel-good music, promised us the next great superhero (read antihero) movie; instead, what we got in Suicide Squad is a sophomoric, choppily edited disappointment, with its only redeeming quality being an outstanding performance from Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s Deadshot.

6 out of 12 Tamales