“In the Heights”: One-Sentence Review

The optics are fresh and exciting, but In the Height’s acoustics are inevitably only a precursor to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s follow-up magnum opus, Hamilton.

7 out of 12 Tamales

“Blinded by the Light”: One-Sentence Review

Bruce Springsteen’s music empowers the disenfranchised and moves the masses; unfortunately, Blinded by the Light can only hide behind The Boss’s shadow for so long before its poor pacing and weak characterization takes the spotlight.

6.5 out of 12 Tamales

“La La Land”: One-Sentence Review

La La Land, featuring perfectly in tune performances from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, astutely captures the hopefulness of youth and the reality of love in an uplifting musical that rarely feels off-key.

11 out of 12 Tamales