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Entertainment Essentials: June 22, 2018

CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Magnolia Pictures; David Lee/Netflix; Adult Swim; Gavin Bond/Nickelodeon

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: Damsel (Limited Theatrically) – Robert Pattinson gets his very own Western showcase, as he tracks down his beloved kidnapped Mia Wasikowska. But then it turns out that we might have an unreliable storyteller on our hands, as Damsel becomes all sorts of unpredictable. There is so much more deadly potty humor than you could have ever expected, plus an essential social message undercurrent to boot.

2. TV: Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 (June 22 on Netflix) – I still haven’t made my way through Luke Cage Season 1, but I am nonetheless happy that this show continues to exist, and I am pleased to spotlight the arrival of new episodes, and I am thankful that Mike Colter gets to be the star of his own show. If this continues to be one of my personal Peak TV casualties of Peak TV, please let me know what I’ve been missing all of you folks who remain completely up to date with the MCU (or just focus on this particular neighborhood).

3. TV: Mr. Neighbor’s House 2 (June 24 on Adult Swim) – We are falling in love all over again with Fred Rogers thanks to the recently released documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, so why not follow that with a chaser of this second edition of a surreal Adult Swim parody of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood? Brian Huskey returns as the titular Mr. Neighbor, who hopes to survive a world of cozy sweaters and hallucinations with the help of his puppet friends.

4. TV: Double Dare Revival Premiere (June 25 on Nickelodeon) – What’s this?! There’s a new version of Double Dare arriving in just a few days?! This reboot of Nickelodeon’s classic combination of trivia and physical challenges has me excited more for the game show aspect of it all than the youthful nostalgia. We really are living in a fantastic era of game show revivals, what with Match Game, Pyramid, and The Gong Show. The host is YouTube personality Liza Koshy, who was born after the original DD ended its run.

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