Movies Update: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ and More

Plus, the best superhero stories to stream.

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Hey, movie fans!

Your favorite oversized creatures are back, this time romping and stomping their way into your living room. “Godzilla vs. Kong” is out now on HBO Max and in theaters. (It still looks very expensive, even on the flat screen.) A.O. Scott calls it “an action movie made with lavish grandiosity, zero pretension and not too much originality.” Watch a splashy fight scene from the movie, look back at that other time Kong met Godzilla and check out other big-screen franchise duels.

Want to get a leg up on predicting the shorts categories at the Oscars? Those mini-movies are available, both in theaters and on virtual screens. We break down the best and worst.

Like scary movies but fear the overwhelming number of options? We sifted through the bad ones to point you in the direction of the good ones available to stream.

And on the superhero front, if you’re not so thrilled about the Avengers or Justice League, we find some nontraditional stories that will keep you intrigued.

In Oscar news, we spoke to a couple of septuagenarian nominees who may not have been on your radar: Paul Raci of “Sound of Metal” and Yuh-Jung Youn of “Minari.”

Enjoy the movies!

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