A routine espionage thriller reveals its theme too late, leaving Black Widow without much purpose in the wider Marvel story arc, even if the action is impressive in spots.
The third franchise installment, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It explores what happens when an exorcism goes wrong in chilling terror. A new twist on old friends …
Shawshank Redemption legitimized the cliche prison movie, created indelible characters, and tore down a system by staying ambivalent toward violence. A masterwork.
A gory classic and perfect horror film, The Thing is a genre masterpiece that hasn't lost anything from the intervening decades.
A playful delight with genuine global stakes, Star Trek IV is the easiest watch of the series and arguably the best for it.
A clumsier entry, Star Trek III tells a fantastic story continuation, but lacks urgency in the narrative to convey the desperation of these characters.
A powerful and morally complex sequel, Star Trek II is the epitome of the franchise as it delves into religious and life-affirming challenges.
While overly patient to a fault, Star Trek's first turn toward feature length captures the franchise's central themes.
Rushed and barely coherent, Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms turns into a mess that resembles more Dragon Ball than the franchise it's based on.
Exhausting in its pacing, Hitman's Bodyguard's Wife still brings the ridiculous laughs, pushed primarily by a vulgar Salma Hayek.
Optimus Prime memorably sacrifices his life battling Megatron in the epic Transformers: The Movie.
Nearly on point, Spiral misses its goal while falling into familiar cliches that condemn most procedural thrillers.