Avatar: The Way of Water is a monument to James Cameron's business model but stutters on every other artistic or dramatic criterion imaginable.
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio shimmers with excited physical energy but never coordinates its new story ideas with its old moral responsibilities.
The Pale Blue Eye has the cast of a masterpiece and the script of a write-off. It's inoffensive afternoon viewing, but Poe would have his name removed from it.
The 1951 version of Scrooge effortlessly recreates its candleglow world. This classic story has never been better.
The unassailable influence of Stanley Kubrick's horror staple hides its dramatic shortcomings behind an illusion of prestige.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues to be debated out of passionate frustration. This is an exploration of what's right and wrong with this bizarre movie.
Luhrmann's obsession with the image of Elvis creates an issue of authenticity. He makes people love the icon without believing in the man.
A Quiet Place Part II tries to squeeze more sequence out of a great concept. It succeeds despite straining for believability amid conflicting rules.
Rob Zombie makes a twisted costume contest nightmare out of an idea of The Munsters that never overcomes its lack of inspiration or its cast's shortcomings.
The infamously misunderstood Halloween III is still little more than an unrefined pseudo-thriller on its own merits, unworthy of seasonal contention.
Halloween Ends has the power to finish its cluttered horror series meaningfully, even if this isn't what some of the series' fans were hoping for.