Movie Review: Captain Marvel 👩🏼‍✈️💥

Captain Marvel’s origin story is one to behold, as it marks the first female-led superhero movie for Marvel.

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Brie Larson stars as the eponymous hero in Captain Marvel. CREDIT: Marvel Studios

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Politics and controversies aside, Captain Marvel (2019, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) is a competent movie as Marvel’s first female-led franchise. This superhero movie tells the origin story of Carol Danvers (human identity) / Vers (Kree identity) “Captain Marvel” (Brie Larson) and how she becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Movie Review: Fall in Love at First Kiss (一吻定情) 💏💋

Fall in Love at First Kiss (一吻定情) is a very unnecessary feel-good movie that didn’t need to be made, again.

Wang Talu 王大陆 (right) and Jelly Lin Yun 林允 (left) stars in Fall in Love at First Kiss (一吻定情). CREDIT: Tangren Cultural Film Group

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The recently released Taiwanese movie Fall in Love at First Kiss (2019, directed by Frankie Chen 陳玉珊) is based on the Japanese manga Itazura na Kiss (trans. Playful Kiss), which has been adapted into countless television dramas and movies of different languages in Southeast Asia. Thus, making another adaptation of the same story seems utterly cliché and extremely overdone. I’m really not sure why there’s a need for this Taiwanese movie adaptation either.

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Movie Review: Dumplin’ 🎱👠

This Netflix movie felt all too familiar—perhaps it’s because the streaming giant has already done a TV version called Insatiable.

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Jennifer Aniston (right) stars as Rosie Dickson—a former teen beauty queen and mother to Willowdean “Dumplin'” Dickson, played by Danielle Macdonald (left). CREDIT: Netflix

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Without knowing much about Dumplin’ (2018, directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Kristin Hahn), I decided to watch it when it dropped on Netflix on Friday. This is also all thanks to Jennifer Aniston’s appearance on The Ellen Show, where she was doing press for the movie. In case anyone doesn’t know, Dumplin’ is actually based on a novel of the same name by author Julie Murphy. The story follows the plus-size teenager—and worshipper of country singer Dolly Parton—Willowdean “Dumplin'” Dickson (Danielle Macdonald) who decides to join her mother’s (Aniston) beauty pageant so as to create some sort of rebellion against pageantry.

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Movie Review: The Land of Steady Habits 🚬

Midlife crisis is real in this slice of life film.

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Ben Mendelsohn (right) and Connie Britton (left) stars in The Land of Steady Habits. CREDIT: Netflix

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The Land of Steady Habits (2018, directed by Nicole Holofcener) is a slice of life type of film that I couldn’t personally relate to because I’m not a man in the 50s who is facing a midlife crisis, but Ben Mendelsohn’s performance as the character Anders Hill was definitely worth watching. The film is adapted from the novel of the same name by author Ted Thompson, and it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before making its debut on Netflix last weekend.

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Movie Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 💌

Kombuchas, selfies, and social media is what separates this modern-day teen movie from the ones made in the 80s.

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Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) and Lana Condor (Lara Jean Covey) stars in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. CREDIT: Netflix

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018, directed by Susan Johnson) is essentially a movie about a high school teen who is figuring out what it’s like to be in a relationship with a boy for the first time. The movie is based on the best-selling YA novel of the same name by Jenny Han, and follows the story of 16-year-old high school teen Lara Jean (Lana Condor) who wrote 5 love letters to 5 boys and one day discovers that they have all been mailed out.

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Movie Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me 🏆

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon make this action-comedy movie worth watching.

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Mila Kunis stars as Audrey, and Kate McKinnon stars as Morgan in The Spy Who Dumped Me. CREDIT: Lionsgate

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Having watched Mission Impossible: Fallout last week, nothing triumphs the Tom Cruise action sequences from that movie. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018, directed by Susanna Fogel) had quite a few bang-bang gun sequences, car chase scenes, and acrobatic stunts; but it failed to have any big action scenes that made me go wow. However, there were certainly scenes that were definitely cool and badass. Maybe the scene of Sebastian (Sam Heughan’s stunt double) doing a gymnastic backflip was kind of cool; and the one where Audrey (Mila Kunis) pulls out a gun like a secret agent.

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