“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

“Manchester by the Sea”: One-Sentence Review

Director Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply affecting drama, Manchester by the Sea, featuring nuanced performances from Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, powerfully grabs at the heartstrings and doesn’t let go.

11 out of 12 Tamales