Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (out Mar 28) safely keeps the franchise kicking along but lacks a memorable “wow” factor to get people talking. The visual effects are terrific, and the monster battles are cool to watch. The rest is underwhelming. The human characters are dull, the death toll is treated as a triviality, and the tone changes far too often (between comedy and drama). If you liked the 2021 instalment, you might like this too. Grade: C+.