TV: Dear White People
School is thankfully back in session for Justin Simien’s explosive college satire, which returns for a funny yet powerful sophomore season. In the aftermath of firebrand Sam’s (Logan Browning) failed protest, the Netflix dramedy singularly dives into some of the biggest issues of our day: racism, online trolling, and of course, the right way to eat grits. Once you’ve binged, read our Q&A with the Logan Browning who plays campus activist Sam here.
Legends don’t come much bigger (or in smaller frames) than 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the game-changing Supreme Court Justice, surprise internet hero, and trailblazing feminist icon whose inspiring early legal life is profiled in stunning detail in this intimate documentary that won notorious favor at Sundance.
Plus, this year’s bio-documentaries are worthy company, with Whitney (about Whitney Houston), McQueen (about Alexander McQueen), and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (about Mister Rogers) all headed to screens this summer.
MUSIC: Ariana Grande's 'No Tears Left to Cry'
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If you thought Avengers: Infinity War was the most spoilable movie of 2018, you’d better catch Tully before the surprising joys of this Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody film hit social media. Charlize Theron stars as a woman broken by the pressures of motherhood, and Mackenzie Davis is the unusual young woman who becomes her night nanny. The movie is much more than that — but we’re sworn to secrecy.
We’d also be remiss not to mention that this is the third collaboration between winning filmmakers Reitman and Cody—a partnership that Reitman tells EW shows no signs of stopping: “I’m curious about the movie we’re going to make in our 60s.”
GAME: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
The wizarding world meets The Sims in this ridiculously addictive RPG that lets you fulfill all your Harry Potter fantasies — on a mobile device, at least. The colorful, sprawling, cameo-filled game is a must for any Potter fan who’s been eager to revisit the magical vibes of Hogwarts, but the Jam City-developed game is enchantingly accessible for anyone. C’mon, even a Muggle can learn how to swish and click. (App Store, Google Play)
TV: Little Women
Home to period pieces and literary classics, PBS’ Masterpiece (by way of the BBC) takes a crack at Louisa May Alcott’s beloved coming-of-age tale. Told across two parts, this engrossing miniseries remains devoted to its source material while still infusing it with new energy, thanks to an all-star cast bursting with both promising newcomers (Maya Hawke) and acting legends (Angela Lansbury!) alike.
If you need a quick refresher: Jo is the adventurous one, Meg is the traditional one, Amy is the worst one, and Beth is the dead one. Spoiler alert from 1868.
BOOK: My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley
The Object of My Affection author serves up a charming slice of life about former spouses (one gay, one straight) on the other side of 50 who have been kicked around by life but find purpose when they reconnect in a seaside Massachusetts town. Laughs included.
EVENT: The Royal Wedding
You are cordially invited to attend — j/k, to watch — the long-awaited May 19 nuptials of hunky British Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, broadcast live for your vicarious viewing pleasure. As with royal weddings past, the stately affair’s Stateside coverage begins as early as 4 a.m. ET, with the main event arriving via horse-drawn carriage at around 7 a.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and — duh — BBC America. And when the big moment arrives, pour yourself a stiff gin and take a sip every time you recognize an aristocrat, a celebrity, or one of Harry’s exes during the processional. (If the Queen smiles: Finish your drink.)
MUSIC: Arctic Monkeys' Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Named after the first lunar base, this ambitious and uncharacteristic concept album from the vampy English rock band (their sixth overall) swaps out guitar for piano, and the results are surprising and spooky. The record (which boasts EW-recommended singles like “Star Treatment” and “Batphone”) oozes with so much spacey synth, you just might find you’ve developed a sudden immediate and passionate interest in stargazing. Or at the very least, hallucinating.
STREAMING: Friday Night Lights
With the beloved 2006-11 series newly available on Hulu, now’s your chance to visit (or revisit) the world of Dillon, Texas, where the only thing as importantly authentic as the football is the drama.
To help kick off your playbook, star Connie Britton (who played Tami Taylor) shared with EW four scenes that have stuck with her. Find out which ones here.