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Feeling anxious and overwhelmed by all of the entertainment options out there? Don’t stress, here’s some of my faves in film and tv right now!
1. Selena Gomez in Spring Breakers

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Who would’ve guessed that the sweetest and most Disneyfied of the tween stars itching to ratchet up their street cred in this month’s Spring Breakers would also deliver the film’s most complex and compelling performance? Harmony Korine’s violently superficial “pop poem” might not be the visionary game-changer some are calling it, but Gomez’s breakthrough as sweetly misguided Faith certainly exceeds the hype. Plus, maybe my own street cred will improve now that I can honestly say that ‘I Love You Like A Love Song’ is no longer my favorite thing that the former Wizards of Waverly Place star has done.
2. The Cast of Olympus Has Fallen

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What do you do when your leading man’s resume as of late seems to be moving with the steady assuredness of a kite in a hurricane? Why you pad his new film with some of the most consistently brilliant actors of the past three decades. Sure Antoine Fuqua’s White House takedown thriller settles into many of the same clichés that define the action genre, and Gerard Butler seems to be steering further away from Coriolanus, but with standout supporting performances from Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Radha Mitchell, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster, and Rick Yune, don’t count this film out. Just watching this criminally underrated crew devour their scenes and kick some serious ass while doing it is more than worth the price of admission.
3. Veep 

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I know Season 2 doesn’t begin until April, but the billboards are all up around LA and I just can’t wait for the return of this brilliant comedy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus deservedly won the Emmy for her hysterical turn as clueless Veep, Selena Meyers, but Armando Iannucci’s whip smart beltway comedy should have taken the top prize as well. In this day and age when people tend to lionize only the intelligent, politically-engaged humor of the cable boy’s club (Louis, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report) don’t forget about this hilarious and sharp “issues” based comedy.
4. HBO’s Phil Spector

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Written and directed by David Mamet and starring Helen Mirren and Al Pacino- do I really need to say more? Well just in case, Pacino plays nutjob genius and proud wiggy Phil Specter, while Mirren’s the lawyer who controversially represented the famous recluse in one of the most blistering Hollywood Murder Trials of all time. I’ll definitely be watching!!!!!
5. Mob Wives

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Real Housewives who? I was worried that with Ang’s spinoff and Renee’s familial implosion that this show might lose a bit of it’s wacky fun, but thank God I was wrong! Watching Drita and Renee clean up their acts and thrive, Karen’s and Ramona’s ride or die loyalty, not to mention Love’s Bad Girls Club- ready aggression (“I’m gonna rip off her face like a bath salt zombie!”) has made Season 3 the best yet. While most of reality television seems to have fallen into a carbon-copied glimpse of coastal entitlement or landlocked hickdom, this show offers up some seriously compelling shit. Thanks girls!