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Netflix: What's new? What's worth it?

For the recurring column Netflix: What's new, what's worth it?
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Paul

This hilarious comedy from Greg Mottola, the director of Superbad, is about two comic nerds who discover an alien outside Area 51.

It's an out-of-this-world adventure story with pot-smoking, distinctive Seth Rogen as the voice behind Paul, the little pint-sized alien.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the men behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, both write and star here once again, and they're wonderful.

This is a neat little comedy I never expected to be as good as it was.

4/5 Stars

The Witch

This horror film set in 1630s New England is about witches, the dark arts and demonic possession.

It's the definition of a slow burn, and is the kind of film that will keep you waiting in suspense before hitting you with an insane final act.

Anya Taylor-Joy, most recently seen in the incredible Thoroughbreds, launched her career here, and it's not hard to see why it made her a star.

This is a smart film, though the pacing may be too much for some to handle.

3.5/5 Stars

Annihilation

This dynamic, female-led sci-fi film follows a group of mercenary women who venture into a strange area to find out what happened to the crew before them.

The secret path they follow leads them through some incredibly interesting things, and to be frank, the movie surprised me a whole lot.

The performances from Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and the rest of the cast were stellar, and the pacing was mile-a-minute.

Alex Garland writes and directs here, and previously had success with Ex Machina, but to be honest, the ending leaves something to be desired.

It's a good film that, until the last 15 minutes, could have been really great. I recommend it because of Portman and some amazing sequences that can't be passed by.

3/5 Stars

Jumping the Broom

This film didn't light the world on fire, but I'm a sucker for a great wedding movie, and this one about two families coming together on Martha's Vineyard is supremely watchable.

It's about following traditions and the need for couples to respect their families, while also forming their own ideas as to what they want out of life.

Paula Patton and Laz Alonso are wonderful and share a great chemistry as the leads.

Supporting turns from dynamite actresses Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine also make this film noteworthy.

3.5/5 Stars

The Exorcist (TV)

This truly unbelievable show only lasted two seasons on FOX, the network that kills the best creative content.

Netflix is now streaming both seasons, and despite knowing there are only 20 episodes, it's worth the watch.

This spin-off of the film follows three priests as they investigate demonic episodes and perform exorcisms.

It's incredibly scary and disconcerting, and I can't believe some episodes made it on network TV.

Give it a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

4/5 Stars

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