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: Boy Erased (Limited Theatrically) – Boy Erased is based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name about his experience in a gay conversion therapy. Lucas Hedges plays a version of Conley as he continues to make a name for himself as one of the most prolific young actors in the industry. Joel Edgerton stars as the head therapist and also directs, and if you’ve seen The Gift, you know he has a knack for helming intense films. Nicole Kidman plays a protective mother in the vein of her Lion performance, while Russell Crowe keeps it in a low simmer as a Baptist preacher father.
2. Movies: The Other Side of the Wind/They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (Streaming on Netflix) – Orson Welles began working on his film industry mockumentary The Other Side of the Wind in 1970 and did not complete production until 1976. He was unable to finish editing the film before his death in 1985. But now, after decades of holdup, a completed version of the film is making its way to Netflix (along with a small theatrical run). Arriving right alongside it is They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, a documentary about the making of the film from director Morgan Neville (who was also behind this year’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?).
3. TV: Homecoming Season 1 (November 2 on Amazon) – Based on the Gimlet Media podcast, Homecoming follows Julia Roberts as a caseworker who works at a facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. The action picks up years later after she’s left that position and she starts to discover that there’s something a little too mysterious about that facility. Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail developed the show for Amazon and is also serving as director. And for those of you who like to keep things compact, you’ll be happy to hear that episodes clock in at about 30 minutes apiece.