Ex-technologist, now a filmmaker and mostly a visual artist.
For me, cinematic means whatever looks like a blockbuster movie: wide shots, usually anamorphic but not always, great kodak film color AND texture/acutance (which usually means extra softness with grain). Also, a respectable amount of shallow depth of field, but NOT an extreme amount (as it's usual these days on HBO dramas).
Unfortunately, on youtube, anyone using slow motion dubs their video "cinematic". It's not. It's just slo-mo.
Interestingly, the image on this article, from Tree of Life, is not very cinematic to me. In general, Malick's newest movies don't look cinematic to me. They're way too wide and without a shallow depth of field, and when he pans the camera with that ultra wide lens, he gives me a headache. Terminator 2, Indiana Jones, The Matrix feel truly cinematic to me instead.
Just like the other commentators here correctly said, no one will watch covid-related shows or films. People watch fiction to get away from reality, not to steep deeper in it.
I personally consider "canon" only the first Matrix. The rest 3 movies were just the studio wanting to make more money off of it. It was not part of the original thought of the creators and that's why they came out of garbled and not clear in terms of what they were saying. The only problem of the first Matrix was that the directors wanted the humans to be a kind of collective consciousness for the machines, rather than just batteries for energy. But the studio found that the concept was too advanced, so they changed it to batteries.
The market is changing, young people are into gaming and new media more than they are into movies and TV. Cinema is dead, and "content" on streaming TV will be on a high note for another 10 years, and then it will go downhill as well. The era of passive entertainment is finished. What we're seeing right now is just the tail-end of the market where studios trying to clinch in there with recognizable IP (hence all the reboots/sequels). When the last of us older people go, the young ones won't care. Same for TV stuff. The future of entertainment is gaming-oriented.
In the 80s, there was quite a lot of positive future sci-fi films (ST, Back to the Future etc). These days, absolutely everything is dystopian. I'm a huge fan of scifi, but I really dislike it when everything is so dystopian.
Lots of money went into these films. It is nice to see them, plus some actors who couldn't get directing jobs before in high profile films, now they can try their hand on it. However, my problem with the strategy is that while they mostly showed on the trailer all the action films (about 90% of what was shown was action/thriller), if you actually read that catalog (Variety has a listing of genre for these), only about 20% of the films are action. And only 1 sci-fi. It's like knowing that audiences like action, and the trailer for the films showcase that, but what they actually deliver at the end is mostly dramas and family movies. Just saying.