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Entertainment Essentials: November 23, 2018

CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Yorgos Lanthimos/Twentieth Century Fox; Disney; Barry Wetcher/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures; Darren Michaels/Satellite of Love, LLC.

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. & 2. Movies: Creed II/Ralph Breaks the Internet (Theatrically Nationwide) – The big Thanksgiving weekend releases this year are a couple of sequels that probably aren’t as good as the original but are certainly worth checking out because of how lovable their main characters are. First up, Adonis Creed is back in the ring to face off against Ivan Drago’s son; the beats are predictable, but affecting. And then lovable lug Wreck-It Ralph goes online in his second edition; the references may be instantly dated, but the messages appear to be sweet and valuable.

3. TV: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 12 (November 22 on Netflix) – After nearly two decades of no new episodes, Mystery Science Theater 3000 made its triumphant return on Netflix in 2017. And now Jonah and the bots are back for yet another round of movie riffing! Instead of fourteen new episodes, there is a more manageable six this time around, which means that you could actually finish the whole batch off in one day if you want to. Maybe those of you who don’t like football have already made a Turkey Day marathon out of it. The docket this time includes the immortal E.T. ripoff Mac and Me and the Asylum mockbuster Atlantic Rim.

4. Movie: The Favourite (Limited Theatrically) – If you’re a fan of Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, or Emma Stone, you’re going to want to see The Favourite. Colman plays Queen Anne, while Weisz plays her (very) close advisor Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and Stone shows up as Sarah’s cousin Abigail, and then Sarah and Abigail jockey for the queen’s affections. It’s basically the royal period piece version of All About Eve.

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