Bumblebee exudes some of the tediousness of a reformed sinner who decries hedonism, trying hard to convince us that it now believes in something.
Maybe instead of protection from pain, audiences are seeking out horror films as a form of reckoning with societal demons.
Often divertingly colorful and busy to a fault, Aquaman seems to dare us to mock the world of comics’ most risible superhero.
This list makes equal room for the lowest hanging Hollywood fruits and art-house fare convinced of its own cultural and artistic importance.
This year, films were emboldened to be themselves and to follow their creators’ obsessions into increasingly wild-and-wooly places.