At the animated Wonder Park, the view is lovely but the attractions don’t fit together

C

Wonder Park represents at least one milestone: Here, finally, is a computer-animated movie where the human characters are almost all cute and appealing, while the zany talking animals exist almost uniformly at an Illumination-grade level of ugliness. There are plenty of studio cartoons with irksome, overly insistent…

Robert Rodriguez teams up with James Cameron to make his best movie in ages, Alita: Battle Angel

B-

In the wake of dead-end sequels to Machete, Spy Kids, and Sin City, it might seem strange to describe director/writer/jack-of-all-trades Robert Rodriguez as ahead of his time. But during his peak productivity, Rodriguez was taking inspiration from comic books, conceiving homegrown franchises, and investing in…

The Lego Movie 2 offers a Second Part with more songs, lots of laughs, and a little less resonance

B

How long can you keep playing with little plastic building blocks? That’s a question The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part raises twice, both as part of its narrative and by its very existence. Like the questions asked by so many sequels, it’s something that the first movie more or less already answered, with its grown…

There’s room for a little originality in the Oscar race for Best Adapted Screenplay

For much of the past 25 years, the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay has functioned as a consolation prize given to movies too personal, unusual, or inventive—which is to say, too good—to win (or in some cases even get nominated for) the big Best Picture prize. Pulp Fiction, Fargo, Almost Famous, Lost In

Despite a cool mutant rescue mission, The Gifted's midseason premiere looks a lot like its first season

C+

Since we last left the quarreling semi-emo mutants of Fox’s X-Men offshoot The Gifted, the show’s ensemble and storylines have become more fractured than ever. In any given episode, we’re following the Strucker family (minus wayward son Andy); at least two different factions within the Inner Circle (plus or minus…