Speed perfectly stands for what mega-budget action movies should aim to be, turning into a winking metaphor for the entire genre and dwindling attention spans.
The New Mutants eschews large scale action for something more intimate and focused, daring to go against trends.
While sloppily composed at times, Rise of the Skywalker celebrates the themes, style, and action of this series with proper gusto.
There's a universe of potential stories and characters in The Last Jedi, but this latest Star Wars narrows its view to a small pocket of space with no room …
With perspective offered by hindsight and the series' conclusion, The Force Awakens fits better into the greater arc than previously noticed.
Vibrant, fun, and energetic, Return of the Jedi gives the Empire a perfect undoing while finding closure to the family drama.
Star Wars' centerpiece remains a stellar work as Empire Strikes Back uses a nuanced approach to break from A New Hope's emotional high.
The success of A New Hope lies in defeating the authoritarian rule by proving one person ultimately matters even against incalculable odds.
Revenge of the Sith pays off two movies worth of political maneuvering, delivering thematically and with its action.
Overwhelmed by the pitiful romance at its core, it's easy to miss or undervalue Attack of the Clones for certain storytelling successes.
Decades removed from the hype, Phantom Menace makes its thematic purpose clear, if unseated by misguided execution.
While everything closes too neatly, Jojo Rabbit reflects the now as much as the past in order to show there's still hope.