Superman: Red Son is a smart, if twisted, Elseworlds tale of Superman being raised in Soviet Russia during the Cold War.
While its heart is in the right place, Charlie's Angels lacks the needed action spark and falls to some dire cliches.
With limited story and a dismal message, Jumanji: The Next Level isn't more than few setpieces of modern CG held together by Dwayne Johnson's comedy.
Although following a template, Pixar adds unique touches of their own in A Bug's Life, including a subtly brilliant credit sequence.
Wall-E is eerily prophetic over a decade later, plus wonderfully entertaining without feeling overly preachy.
Still relevant, John Singleton's honest reflection of his own experiences comes together in Boyz n the Hood.
While Beauty and the Beast isn't without problematic elements, it's also a film that turns its heroine independent and proud to be herself.
Although adapted from centuries old literature, Ne Zha's story still holds relevance behind the showy, gorgeous animation.
While everything closes too neatly, Jojo Rabbit reflects the now as much as the past in order to show there's still hope.
While the mystery's final reveal is deflating in its simplicity, Knives Out succeeds in taking a western view of a rich/poor dynamic.
Frozen II, on its surface, doesn't alter modern animation's form, but its story embraces the fight against historical revisionism.
Gentle and calming, even A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood's style represents Mr. Rogers' method in a genuine tribute.