“Stranger Things: Season 4”: One-Sentence Review

After season two and three somewhat stagnated The Upside Down’s novelty, Stranger Thing’s fourth outing is wholly refreshed and reinvigorated, an ultimate-penultimate chapter.

11 out of 12 Tamales

“Inventing Anna”: One-Sentence Review

Netflix’s Anna doesn’t reinvent the genre—or pretend to—but Julia Garner’s near-perfect impersonation of debatably sociopathic Anna Delvey is Hannibal Lecter gone couture.

8.5 out of 12 Tamales

“The Alpinist”: One-Sentence Review

A mountaineering marvel, Marc-André Leclerc is both lyrical and frustratingly selfish with his gift of climb, but either outlook has you at the edge of your seat in Netflix’s The Alpinist.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Cobra Kai: Season Four”: One-Sentence Review

Striking harder, faster, better than seasons before, Cobra Kai’s fourth season lands a flying tornado crane kick to the awed, slack-jawed mouth of its viewers.

11 out of 12 Tamales

“Don’t Look Up”: One-Sentence Review

It’s hard to look away, much less up, from this on-the-nose satire by director Adam McKay—with the stellar Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence leading the way.

9.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Army of the Dead”: One-Sentence Review

All brawn, no smarts—who cares—Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is the perfect Netflix summer tentpole, a smash ‘em up,  gnash ‘em up that’s pure brainless-zombie fun.

8 out of 12 Tamales

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”: One-Sentence Review

The human element is never obsolete in Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines, another top-level animated film from the studio that brought us the just-as-creative Into the Spider-Verse.

11 out of 12 Tamales