This Week's Must List: Jurassic World, Panic! at the Disco, and Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Featuring the return of stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World is a disaster movie/haunted-house thrill ride that delivers more than enough dino bang (bye, Isla Nublar!) for your buck. (Read out review here.)
The five-part Biography docuseries, co-produced by EW, dives deep inside infamous moments in entertainment that had us all gasping at the watercooler (the original home of shock before Twitter). The series kicks off with Michael Jackson’s Final Curtain Call, which moonwalks viewers through the last days of the King of Pop’s brilliant, tragic life. (A&E, June 25, 9 p.m.)
Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
This eye-opening story of 18th-century thieves is a proudly queer, universally resonant reimagining of historical myths that digs into LGBTQ subcultures and defies gender norms. “You can’t control who the reader is,” says Rosenberg, one of the first trans fiction writers signed by a major publisher. “I wanted to make that form of intimacy open to everyone.”
Syfy’s mind-melting thriller is a binge-built TV treat, with a fast-paced narrative that spins between multiple chronologies in the time it takes a Westworld robot to give one long speech. This season is a full-fledged battle across history, with the series’ two main heroes plunged into different eras of warfare against an explosion-happy army. As the final season ramps up, so does one question: Why aren’t more people watching this show?! (Syfy, Fridays, 8 p.m.)
Pray for the Wicked by Panic! at the Disco
A stunning sixth studio album marks a musical evolution for the rock band, which you’d never guess is down to its last remaining founding member in singer Brendon Urie. On ebullient songs like “Dancing’s Not a Crime” and “High Hopes,” or the chilling “Dying in LA,” Urie proves there’s no reason to panic that a change in personnel has made his signature sound any less epic.
No city is too distant and no occasion too fancy to disrupt for Tag’s five main characters, who wreak prank-filled havoc during their 30-year-long playground game in this sweet tale (based on a true story!) about friendships staying safe long into adulthood. (Read our review here.)
Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Former EW staffer Kepnes (You) returns with an addictive horror-tinged romance that’ll keep you guessing. Providence follows a loner teen who mysteriously disappears, then reappears years later with new powers that endanger those around him — including the love of his life.
Love is __
Based on the 20-year love story of TV producing couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, this sweet and romantic drama, which follows two dreamers navigating Hollywood in the ’90s, just might make you believe in love again. “We’re celebrating and looking back,” says Brock Akil. “What’s important is that it gives us a chance to see the differences and similarities of the generational gap [for dating].” (OWN, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.)
Bad Witch by Nine Inch Nails
Dissonant beats, brutal synths, and the occasional sax punctuate the latest by Trent Reznor’s industrial outfit. Bad Witch is about dual truths in a new world: “Why try change when you know you can’t?” he asks on “Ahead of Ourselves.” On another track, it’s “New times, mutation, feels all right.” Like the rest of us, Reznor is still stuck in the middle.
From its sly opening moments, Pixar’s sequel to its Oscar-winning 2004 superhero hit is the rare follow-up that bursts with familiar fun and endless surprise. With spectacular action, deeply rich characters, and a scene-stealing super-baby, it’s no stretch to bet on this as one of the biggest movies of the summer. (Read more here.)
10 hours of Carly Rae Jepsen
2017’s shoulda-been Song of the Summer gets a shot at replay redemption thanks to one heroic YouTuber who cut together 10 hours of just the chorus of Carly Rae Jepsen’s brilliant pop bop “Cut to the Feeling.” Sorry — but also, you’re welcome.