“The Queen’s Gambit”: One-Sentence Review

Chess’s never been sleek or alluring, yet Netflix’s “The Queen Gambit”—with a powerhouse, unapologetic performance from Anya Taylor-Joy—changes that empathetically and checkmates every how-to-make-a-great-show box.

11 out of 12 Tamales

“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