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Entertainment Essentials: July 13, 2018

CREDIT: A24; Netflix; Sergei Bachlakov/NBC

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: Eighth Grade (Limited Theatrically) – Remember how stressful life was back in middle school? Bo Burnham sure does, and he put those memories to good use by writing and directing Eighth Grade, which might just be the definitive work of art about teenage anxiety. Elsie Fisher (the original voice of Despicable Me‘s Agnes) stars as 13-year-old Kayla, who lives on her Instagram/Snapchat/YouTube around the clock just like the rest of Generation Z.

2. TV: The Joel McHale with Joel McHale Additional Episodes (July 15 on Netflix) – Earlier this year, funnyman Joel McHale successfully transitioned his act of delightfully lampooning the weirdest corners of television from E! to Netflix. One reason I loved it is because I am a big proponent of streaming series coming out one episode per week instead of entire seasons at once. Of course it only made sense to do that with The Joel McHale Show, as it is a week-in-review program. But for some reason all six episodes in this next batch are all being released simultaneously. It should still be funny, but can it possibly make sense in binge form?

3. TV: Trial & Error: Lady, Killer Season Premiere (July 19 on NBC) – True crime mockumentary Trial & Error was one of the new delights of 2017, and now it is back with a new case in 2018! John Lithgow is gone, as new defendant Kristin Chenoweth strolls on in as a wealthy heiress charged with murdering her husband. The likes of Steven Boyer and Sherri Shepherd return to keep that East Peck, South Carolina charm alive.

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