“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

“The Mandalorian: Season 2”: One-Sentence Review

Parrying minor growing pains before jumping into nostalgia-hyperdrive, The Mandalorian’s second season is a special effects extravaganza where Star Wars fandom is implemented with thoughtfulness and precision.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“The Mandalorian: Season One”: One-Sentence Review

Story and substance come together wonderfully in Disney Plus’s The Mandalorian, a Star Wars show that’s more than the sum of its Baby Yoda parts.

10.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode IX-The Rise of Skywalker”: One-Sentence Review

Throwing even a galactic kitchen sink into the Skywalker saga, Episode IX goes full-on Star Wars, giving fans what they want in the name of pure, unbridled joy, if not logic.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens”: One-Sentence Review

The magic, the wonder, the excitement is strong with The Force Awakens, which emphatically and monumentally re-launched the Star Wars universe for a whole new generation.

12 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode VI-Return of the Jedi”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Endings, film or otherwise, are hard, let alone ending the greatest trilogy of all time, but somehow Return of the Jedi pulls it off—celebrating Ewoks and all.

10 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Not many sequels live up to their predecessors’ promise, especially one so lofty, but The Empire Strikes Back does just that—delivering a rollicking, exciting, tour de force of a follow up.

11.5 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Originality like a A New Hope’s only comes around once a generation—if that—a testament to George Lucas’s prodigious vision and creativity.

12 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith”: Throwback-Tamales Review

It’s the dark side, most memorably Ian McDiarmid’s Darth Sidious, that shines in Revenge of the Sith, the only prequel with substance, purpose—and even less Jar Jar.

9 out of 12 Tamales

“Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones”: Throwback-Tamales Review

Attack of the Clone’s necessity to tie every character, significant or not, to the original trilogy at the detriment of story is only mildly negated by some inspired action sequences, improved dialogue—and far less Jar Jar.

6.5 out of 12 Tamales