Godzilla vs Kong is the worst possible outcome for the American depiction of a symbolic Japanese creation.
Even in superhero movie logic, Wonder Woman 1984 shows little common sense and it's burdened by an enlarged runtime that doesn't feel necessary.
Godzilla doesn't rush into city-smashing spectacle, bravely going against expectations, and aside from missteps, it's a special blockbuster.
Soul of the Dragon is a groovy retro martial arts spectacular that just so happens to feature Batman as a supporting character in the '70s.
Ushering in the Hammer horror era, The Curse of Frankenstein is stellar on its own even when removed from its important legacy.
An overwritten, overlong message film that ignores its hypocrisy to a smug degree, Wonder Woman 1984 collapses on itself.
Inventive in execution, Tenet tells a classic story filled with familiar themes, but visually dressing them in wild sci-fi theories.
While basing itself on endless tropes, Wolf of Snow Hollow finds a clever way to use standard horror for comedy and reality.
Blade's smart approach to vampires uses engaging martial arts and splashy visual effects to show an allegory about race and generational division.
An overlong slog through exposition territory, Desolation of Smaug leaves characters dangling on the way to a spectacular finish.
Frodo's heroism succeeds among Return of the King's endless fighting - and yet he never kills anything himself, a true pacifist's fable.
The Two Towers is an unusually optimistic middle chapter, imperfect, if ensuring Frodo is a notable, memorable hero.