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Heady Entertainment: Get Elevated with Awkwafina and Toke to "The Turning"
culture  |  Jan 24, 2020

Heady Entertainment: Get Elevated with Awkwafina and Toke to "The Turning"

This week, Awkwafina will now be known as Nora, Nic Cage and Tommy Chong take on an alien meteorite from space, and Royce da 5'9" pops shots at Yelawolf.

This week, Awkwafina will now be known as Nora, Nic Cage and Tommy Chong take on an alien meteorite from space, and Royce da 5'9" pops shots at Yelawolf.

Welcome back to Heady Entertainment, MERRY JANE's weekly guide to just-released movies, books, and music — all fresh, dank, and THC-friendly. In specific, we choose our picks based on how they can enhance your combined consumption of cannabis and entertainment.

Worth toking up for on the way to theaters this week, The Turning is a classic chiller updated with cornea-bugging visual effects, The Gentlemen puts Guy Ritchie back in the director’s chair with an A-list cast, and Color Out of Space is cult filmmaker Richard Stanley’s wigged-out take on an HP Lovecraft story with Nicolas Cage and Tommy Chong(!).

On the stream scene, fierce, funny, and spellbinding women rule with the debut of Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, the second season of Aidy Bryant’s Shrill, and a third dose of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Even this week’s requisite old guy is dope: Patrick Stewart reinvigorating his signature role in Star Trek: Picard.

This week’s vintage cult flick picks include the early-’70s shock-fest Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, the crazy ’80s adventures Jake Speed and She, and all three installments of the outrageous late-night cable film series Vice Academy.

And new marijuana-ready beats come our way from Royce da 5’9”, Joey Trap, and ShitKid.

So, let’s get straight — but not “straight” — to this week’s fresh-rolled recommendations.

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Mike McPadden is the author of "Heavy Metal Movies" and the upcoming "Last American Virgins." He writes about movies, music, and crime in Chicago. Twitter @mcbeardo

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