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Crawl

And so from Dora a few days ago to Hayley. Played by Kaya Scodelario (The other secret weapon of the Maze Runner franchise and one half of one of my favorite Robbie Williams videos), Hayley Keller is a Florida U student on a swimming scholarship. She’s great. But she’s not quite great enough and her scholarship is in danger. So much …

Crawl

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black 2

Men in Black is such a perfectly neat story that it was alway going to find an audience and that audience was going to want a sequel. A sequel that, by its very existence, would damage that self same perfect neatness. Late stage capitalism, it seems, is once again a hell of a drug. Robert …

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black 2

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black 3

(Turns chair around, sits down) So, you made a sequel, a decade later, to a sequel that was itself made five years after the original. The production was functionally cursed, the half of the movie set in 2012 was filmed before the half set in 1969 was written, you lost at least one cast member, …

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black 3

Starfish

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Aubrey returns home for her best friend Grace’s funeral. She’s numb, angry, closed off …

Starfish

Always Be My Maybe

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Sasha Tran and Marcus Kim are neighbors and best friends. Sasha’s Vietnamese parents are …

Always Be My Maybe

Audax

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Kit Taylor is the Captain and lone survivor of a very public, very messy …

Audax

Booksmart

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Molly (Beanie Feldstein) is the Class President, Valedictorian and soon-to-be youngest Supreme Court Justice …

Booksmart

Counting to X: Dark Phoenix

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. It’s the mid 1990s and the X-Men are beloved superheroes. Charles Xavier is the …

Counting to X: Dark Phoenix

Brightburn

Directed by David Yarovesky and written by Brian and Mark Gunn, Brightburn is the story of Tori and Kyle Breyer, a mid-west couple desperate for a baby. One falls from the sky onto the outskirts of their farm and they decide never to tell the boy his true origin, and raise him as their own. …

Brightburn

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