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Entertainment Essentials: November 9, 2018

CREDIT: Paramount Pictures; David Eustace/Netflix; Netflix

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: Overlord (Theatrically Nationwide) – A World War II American paratrooper squad descends into enemy territory, but then they stumble upon a crazy discovery in the attic of an old German church, and their mission suddenly becomes a lot more supernatural. Overlord is most valuable for how it demonstrates that stories about experimental Nazi mad scienceare still all too relevant today. On top of that, the creature makeup is nice and slick, John Magaro apparently has a monopoly on playing mid-century New York toughs, and it’s great to see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Iain De Caestecker getting a juicy film role.

2. Movie: Outlaw King (Streaming on Netflix) Outlaw King stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, a 14th-century Scottish king who fought against the English. I mainly know Robert as a frequent correct response on Jeopardy!, as it is one of the names that host Alex Trebek seems to most relish saying. Certain cinephiles may be excited to know that the director is David McKenzie, whose last film was the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water. But the main reason I’m recommending it is because I’m inclined to recommend anything starring rising star Florence Pugh (my pick for best lead actress of 2017 for her performance in Lady Macbeth), who plays Robert’s queen consort Elizabeth de Burgh.

3. Movie: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Limited Theatrically, Streaming on Netflix Starting November 16) – The Coen brothers are getting into the Netflix game as well, in the form of an anthology of six Western tales. For my money, this is a minor Coen effort, but even minor Coen is still well worth checking out. The best of the chapters is the one that gives the whole film its name, with Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs, an unapologetic, fourth-wall breaking sharpshooter. Other standouts include Zoe Kazan dealing with romance and dramatic irony and Tyne Daly and Brendan Gleeson making their way through an ominous carriage ride. The film is currently getting a limited theatrical run, but it will be available to stream come November 16.

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