Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.
1. Movie: A Quiet Place (Theatrically Nationwide) – John Krasinski, Master of Horror? You’ll be removing the question mark from that phrase once you see A Quiet Place, in which the erstwhile Jim Halpert directs himself, his wife Emily Blunt, and a couple of talented kids (Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) as they get terrorized by some blind baddies that attack whenever their prey makes a sound. It is a clever premise deployed into nonstop killer set pieces.
2. Movie: The Endless (Limited Theatrically) – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a couple of brothers escape a cult that they grew up in, but they return because they cannot quite escape its pull. Cults are creepy enough, but in The Endless, there is actually something much weirder and mysterious lurking beneath. What emerges is more original and mind-bending than I could have ever imagined.
3. TV: New Girl Season 7 Premiere (April 10 on FOX) – There was a little worry there for a sec that New Girl was going to end a bit too abruptly after Season 6, but then a deal came through in the 11th hour and now we’ve got an 8-episode final season to wrap things up nicely. The show is moving ahead with a three-year time jump, which means that Schmidt and CeCe are raising a toddler, Winston and Aly are married, and Nick and Jess … are still together but somehow not married yet? Look, New Girl, I appreciate that you haven’t deprived us of a wedding episode, but what’s taking these two so long? We all saw how the Season 6 finale ended.
4. TV: Conan in Italy (April 11 on TBS) – Conan O’Brien’s previous international specials have established him as our country’s foremost cultural ambassador, as the talk show host has waded into fraught areas of the world with sensitivity while still maintaining his trademark goofiness. His trip to Italy seems to be less about politics and more just a chance for him to get into hijinks with his despised associate producer, Jordan Schlansky, which is still a formula for good television.