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: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – If you’re looking for some catharsis in this year of sexual abuse being exposed all over the place, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri might just do the trick. Its timeliness could make it the Oscar favorite for Best Picture. It helps that it’s also just really good. Frances McDormand adds another great performance to a formidable career as a mother seeking justice via the titular messages following the rape and murder of her teenage daughter. But it’s Sam Rockwell as an abusive cop who finds redemption who might just end up with a Supporting Actor statuette.
2. Movie: Thelma – If we’re seeking cool new horror, maybe we just need to look up at Scandinavia? To be fair, there have been some decent American fright flicks recently, too, but a cultural variety is important when it comes to the genre’s survival. The latest from Norwegian director Joachim Trier, Thelma finds the title character coming to terms with her psychic powers. Our Liam Carroll likens it to if Ingmar Bergman had directed Carrie.
3. TV: Lady Dynamite Season 2 – If you’re a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder who is trying to make it in Hollywood, you could do much worse than starring in your own autobiographical Netflix sitcom. Maria Bamford found that exact sort of success when Lady Dynamite premiered last year. Now she’s back with another batch of explosive episodes promising colorful satire and pressing self-actualization.