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: Anna and the Apocalypse (Limited Theatrically) – Anna and the Apocalypse has been flying a bit under the radar, so let me just give you two words: Zombie. Musical. If that doesn’t have you flying straight to the theater, then you might be undead yourself. Anna doesn’t completely reinvent the zombie game, but its mix of guts, lightheartedness, and a British sensibility is a welcome presence in our multiplexes.
2. TV: Dogs (Streaming on Netflix) – This documentary series tells you exactly right what you need to know in the title, as we get six globe-spanning stories centered on our four-legged friends. The episodes get their noses into a girl with epilepsy bonding with a service dog, a Syrian refugee attempting to reunite with his beloved husky, and Japanese groomers heading to an American competition. If you’re feeling like you’re done with all the human options on your streaming platforms, then it’s probably time to check out Dogs.
3. TV Movie: Life-Size 2 (Premieres December 2 on Freeform) – The original Life-Size holds a special place in the hearts of many millennials, including a certain millennial actress named Lindsay Lohan. The story of a girl getting over her mother’s death with the help of a Barbie-esque doll come to life was indeed a favorite in my house, and I somehow never worried that it was too girly for me. Perhaps I was just won over by the fundamental sweetness, which is hopefully also present in the 18-years-later sequel. Tyra Banks is of course returning as Eve, but prior commitments have kept Lohan from participating. That sounds terrifying, but a big part of the Life-Size message is about finding the strength to move on after a loss.