“Thor: Love and Thunder” One-Sentence Review

Thor: Ragnarok still rocks louder and better, yet Love and Thunder’s comedic and dramatic chords strike with mostly uproarious and sentimental effect—despite the occasional cacophonous arrangement.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”: One-Sentence Review

Even with a re-energized Sam Raimi at the helm and a badass-as-ever Scarlet Witch, it’s more Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Mundaneness than a laudable follow up to Spider-Man: No Way Home.

8 out of 12 Tamales

“Turning Red”: One-Sentence Review

Turning Red’s giant panda smashes through metaphorical and literal walls to give us Pixar’s—or really any other animation studio’s—fiercest take on the perils of pleasing parents and the awkwardness of adolescence.

10.5 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

“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

“Loki: Season One”: One-Sentence Review

Carrying the weight of the whole multiverse on its back, Disney Plus’s Loki delivers the goods from Marvel’s favorite trickster(s) in spades, and jacks.

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Black Widow”: One-Sentence Review

Pull over F9, the only summer “family” movie that matters is Black Widow, a worth-the-wait Marvel prequel with a perfect balance of charm, wit, and action.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Luca”: One-Sentence Review

Luca’s sweet and simple take on friendship and charting your own path is undeniably Pixar—gorgeous visuals, nostalgic settings, memorable characters and all, with only a slight (slight) hint of derivativeness.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“Cruella”: One-Sentence Review

Stylishly punk rock, Cruella, thanks in large part to a debonairly devilish Emma Stone and a great supporting cast, is a fashionable edition to Disney’s live action library. 

10 out of 12 Tamales