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: Halloween (Theatrically Nationwide) – Chances are that fans of John Carpenter’s original 1978 Halloween will like this latest entry in the franchise, or at least appreciate what it is attempting. It’s a direct sequel that ignores every other follow-up, thus it is kind of confusing that it has the exact same title. Although, I wonder what a theoretical better title could have been. “Halloween 2” would probably have been even more confusing. Anway, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as a fantastically grey-coiffed Laurie Strode, while Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and Toby Huss join in as her daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law, respectively.
2. Movie: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Limited Theatrically) – Melissa McCarthy sometimes has an unfair reputation for playing the same character over and over again. And while her typical roles do have certain similarities, she has more range than she is often given credit for. Part of the problem is that her movie’s scripts do not always match her talents, but that is definitely not the case with the biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me?, in which she plays Lee Israel, a semi-successful author who resorts to forgery after falling on hard times. Richard E. Grant and Jane Curtin are also along for this caustically witty good time.
3. Movie: The Hate U Give (Theatrically Nationwide) – The Hate U Give came out in limited release a couple of weeks ago, but it’s going fully nationwide this weekend. So if you’ve been hearing the buzz but it wasn’t previously playing anywhere close to you, now is the time to check it out. Based on Angie Thomas’ 2017 novel, it follows Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a black teenager who attends a predominantly white high school, as she navigates the fallout of witnessing the killing of her unarmed childhood friend at the hand of a police officer. If that sounds like more work than entertainment, it should be noted that there are also plenty of moments of genuine levity. The ethos of “Black Lives Matter” is definitely there, but it is well-mixed with scenes of kids being kids and families being families.