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Entertainment Essentials: July 6, 2018

CREDIT: Disney/Marvel; Annapurna Pictures; HBO

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: Ant-Man and the Wasp (Theatrically Nationwide) – If you’re tired of every superhero movie promising to be about the end of the world, then Ant-Man and the Wasp is the Marvel flick for you! But if you’re the biggest Marvel fan around, then Ant-Man and the Wasp is also for you! Come for Paul Rudd asking Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly if they put the word “quantum” in front of everything, stay for his love/hate relationship with FBI agent Randall Park.

2. Movie: Sorry to Bother You (Limited Theatrically) – Boots Riley’s tale of a black telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) who finds success using his “white voice” and then gains access to a mindblowing world that is much more than he bargained for is one of the best directorial debuts in film history. It calls to mind the office drudgery of Office Space, the dystopian drudgery of Brazil, the media satire of RoboCop, and the racial and social consciousness of Riley’s hip-hop work. But it is filled with so many unique ideas that render it the most distinct cinematic vision of the year.

3. TV: Sharp Objects Series Premiere (July 8 on HBO) – Amy Adams is no stranger to TV (remember when she appeared on Smallville and The Office back in the day?), but she now has her first starring small screen gig in the form of this miniseries adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s debut novel. Adams plays a reporter fresh out of a psychiatric hospital who investigates the murders of two young girls in her native Missouri. This sounds like a winning combination, as Adams and Flynn both specialize in complicated women who are more layered than a superficial summary would imply.

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