“The Suicide Squad”: One-Sentence Review

Director and writer James Gunn’s soft reboot of 2016’s Suicide Squad shoots from the hip—with a bazooka— as it avoids its predecessor’s pitfalls and amps up what worked to eleven.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Birds of Prey”: One-Sentence Review

A bad music video within a bad dream inadequately describes the train wreck which is Birds of Prey, a villains-turn-heroes pic that takes one part Suicide Squad, two parts terrible, blends them haphazardly and pours contents into theaters nationwide.

2.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: One-Sentence Review

Expertly mixing historical fiction, revisionist history—and a bit of Forrest Gump dumb luck—Once Upon a Time in Holllywood gives us an at-top-of-his-craft Quentin Tarantino and great performances from the who-knew-they-paired-so-well duo of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

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