“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

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”: One-Sentence Review

A rare stumble for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Falcon and the Winter Soldier squanders poignant themes, fails to deliver on the promise of its progressive storylines, and wastes some of the better straight-to-streaming action sequences.

6.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Raya and the Last Dragon”: One-Sentence Review

Raya and the Last Dragon’s stupendous animation and imaginative characters catapult this welcome Disney entry past How to Train Your Dragon-lite territory. 

8.5 out of 12 Tamales

“WandaVision”: One-Sentence Review

Hidden behind WandaVision’s quaint, subdued sitcom facade is an epic Marvel story of love and loss that falls only an episode or two short of perfection. 

10.5 out of 12 Tamales