Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/19/23

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Clone it up! (CREDIT: HBO Max/Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Fast X (Theaters)
Sanctuary (Theaters)

TV
Beat Shazam Season 6 Premiere (May 23 on FOX) – Nick Cannon steps in for Jamie Foxx.
Clone High Reboot Premiere (May 23 on Max) – Remember when this was on MTV back in the day?
Don’t Forget the Lyrics Season Premiere (May 23 on FOX)
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai Series Premiere (May 23 on Max) – Animated Gizmo.
American Born Chinese Series Premiere (May 24 on Disney+)
The Flash Series Finale (May 24 on The CW)
The Prank Panel Series Premiere (May 24 on ABC) – Knoxville, Andre, Sidibe.

Music
-Graham Nash, Now
-Kesha, Gag Order
-Paul Simon, Seven Psalms
-Sufjan Stevens, Reflections
-Yes, Mirror to the Sky

Sports
-Preakness Stakes (May 20 on NBC)

‘Fast X’ Asks If This Can Really Last Forever

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Family (CREDIT: Peter Mountain/Universal Pictures)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Momoa, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Brie Larson, Alan Ritchson, Jason Statham, Daniela Melchior, Leo Abelo Perry, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno

Director: Louis Leterrier

Running Time: 141 Minutes

Rating: PG-13 for Flying Cars and Bullets

Release Date: May 19, 2023 (Theaters)

What’s It About?: We’re ten* films deep now in the Fast & Furious franchise (eleven if you count the spinoff), and things are getting pretty X-treme! Of course, you might well reasonably note that extremity was this series’ m.o. from the very beginning. But this is the first time that an “X” actually managed to sneak its way into the title. And that’s not the only unique bit of business. Usually these movies are pretty self-contained, and the plot is generally besides the point, but Fast X calls back directly to a previous adventure. Luckily for anyone who needs a refresher, there are plenty of flashbacks to Fast Five, when Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew pulled off a heist in Brazil against drug lord Hernan Reyes. Now Hernan’s eccentric and sadistic son Dante (Jason Momoa) is out for revenge. He prefers to make his victims suffer, and for someone who values family as much as Dom, there are innumerable ways to poke at that nerve.

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jmunney’s Top Cinematic Choices for May 2023

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Sometimes movies just hypnotize me (CREDIT: Ketchup Entertainment/Screenshot)

They keep making new movies, and some of them are even worth watching. Here’s what’s at the top of the slate for May 2023:

Hypnotic: Whoa, this trailer has me hooked. William Fichtner is controlling people’s minds, Ben Affleck is running around to figure out the mystery, and Robert Rodriguez is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

Hypnotic will begin hypnotizing audiences on May 12.

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