Movie Review: Crawl 🐊

Crawl takes audiences on an emotionally thrilling journey surrounded by alligators.

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Kaya Scodelario stars as Haley in Crawl. CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

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When the opening scene of Crawl (2019, directed by Alexandre Aja) started rolling, it immediately felt suggestive of a typical sports genre movie about an Olympic athlete; but as the next 15 or so minutes go by, the movie shifts its tone to something more apocalyptic as the main plot becomes centred around a Category 5 hurricane set in Florida, in which Haley (Kaya Scodelario) must go and check on her father Dave (Barry Pepper) to ensure that he is safe and sound.

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Movie Review: Child’s Play (2019) 🔪⚙️

Did nobody give the people behind Child’s Play a heads up on Black Mirror’s Ashley O?

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 Mark Hamill voices Chucky (left) and Gabriel Bateman stars as his owner Andy (right). CREDIT: Orion Pictures

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Child’s Play (2019, directed by Lars Klevberg) brings back the iconic and terrifyingly sadistic companion doll Chucky (Mark Hamill) to the big screen. This time, the ginger-haired doll is upgraded to a smart doll that can sync up all your data through the Kaslan cloud, which is clearly a parody of the Apple iCloud or Google Sync.

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Movie Review: Murder Mystery 🍆🍩

Murder Mystery is a nice change up from the overwhelming rom-com selection offered by Netflix.

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Jennifer Aniston (left) and Adam Sandler (right) star in Murder Mystery as Audrey and Nick Spitz. CREDIT: Netflix

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As the movie title suggests, Murder Mystery (2019, directed by Kyle Newacheck) is about a murder mystery that takes place in the exotic holiday spots of Europe. The action-comedy follows the Spitzes, Nick (Adam Sandler) and Audrey (Jennifer Aniston), who embark on the most memorable wedding anniversary trip of their lives.

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Movie Review: Men in Black International 🕶️🌍

Men in Black: International gets laughs from audiences, but was it really a necessary spin-off to make?

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Tessa Thompson (left) and Chris Hemsworth (right) respectively star as Agent M and Agent H in Men in Black: International. CREDIT: Sony Pictures

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Men in Black: International (2019, directed by  F. Gary Gray) features an exciting cast consisting of Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson—but even with an all-star cast, the movie seems to only generate audience laughter from the well-timed jokes made (mostly) by Nanjiani’s alien character Pawny.

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Movie Review: Always Be My Maybe 👩🏻‍🍳🎾

Always Be My Maybe will make you laugh and cry all at once.

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Randall Park (left) stars as Marcus Kim and Ali Wong (right) stars as Sasha Tran in Always Be My Maybe. CREDIT: Netflix

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Always Be My Maybe (2019, directed by Nahnatchka Khan) is an Asian-American love story featuring Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park). Set in San Francisco (one of the cities in the United States with a significant Asian population), the movie takes us through the childhood and adulthood of the two main characters.

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Movie Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile 🔦

This biographical adaptation of real-life murderer Ted Bundy tells too much and shows too little.

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Zac Efron stars as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. CREDIT: Netflix

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It’s clever that Netflix opted to distribute Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019, directed by Joe Berlinger) on their streaming service because it certainly pairs well with their docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. But sidenote here: Berlinger was also the creator of the Netflix Ted Bundy docuseries, so I guess he already had a way in to have his movie be distributed by the streaming giant.

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Movie Review: Teen Spirit 🎤🎶

Elle Fanning shines as a pop sensation in Teen Spirit.

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Elle Fanning stars as Violet in Teen Spirit. CREDIT: LD Entertainment

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Teen Spirit (2019, written and directed by Max Minghella) felt like Elle Fanning’s debut as a full-blown pop star. The film follows 17-year-old Violet (Fanning) who competes in a British singing competition called Teen Spirit (also the title of the film).

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