Holes (2003) — PICK

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) — PASS

Kong: Skull Island (2017) — PICK

 
King Kong trumps King Arthur. 
 
Not that Kong: Skull Island, new on home video, is a great film. Still, it’s an improvement on its predecessor, the last Godzilla movie, and that’s something, at least for monster-movie fans.King Kong trumps King Arthur.

Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larsen are fine, and Samuel L. Jackson is always good — but Kong’s MVP is clearly John C. Reilly, who’s having more fun than everyone else combined.

I could probably find a movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an improvement on, but it would be a lot of work.

Less a reimagining than an act of cultural vandalism, it reduces a literary tradition celebrating heroism and chivalry to an ugly revenge story. Skip it.

Better than both of the above: Andrew Davis’ winning and well-cast Holes, newly streaming on Netflix.

A young Shia LaBeouf stars as the hero of Louis Sachar’s Newbery Award-winning kids’ adventure, a Chinese puzzle-box adventure blending fantasy, coming-of-age realism and tongue-in-cheek grotesquerie.

 

CAVEAT SPECTATOR: Holes: Menace and sometimes deadly violence; a subplot involving a fortuneteller and a curse; some crass language and limited profanity. Tweens and up. Kong: Skull Island: Heavy, sometimes gruesome violence and menace; brief profanity, an obscenity, some cursing and crude language; mildly suggestive images. Older teens and up.