'Game of Thrones' Finale and 7 Other Things to Watch This Weekend

9:01 AM 8/25/2017

by Jackie Strause and Ashley Lee

"There is only one war that matters, and it is here."

'Game of Thrones'
'Game of Thrones'
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  • Game of Thrones

    Sunday, 9 p.m. on HBO

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    The finale of Game of Thrones arrives on Sunday, capping the penultimate season and leaving only six episodes remaining in the epic HBO tale. The biggest burning question for the supersized, 80-minute finale is whether or not Jon Snow (Kit Harington) will be able to convince Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to reach a truce with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) so the three houses can come together to fight the Night King and his army of the dead, which now has one of Daenerys' dragons at its icy disposal. The episodes title — "The Dragon and the Wolf" — provides several hints as to what the fantasy series has in store for the presumed showdown with the White Walkers.

    "Anything short of the King in the North learning the truth about his background will be an extreme disappointment," says THR's resident Thrones expert in his finale predictions, explaining the lineage and what it might mean for his burgeoning relationship with Daenerys.

  • MTV's Video Music Awards

    Sunday, 8 p.m. on MTV

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    Katy Perry hosts the 33rd annual ceremony, which will unveil MTV's new gender-neutral moon person statue. Following the MTV Movie Awards that aired in May, this year's VMAs will be the first ever to honor artists in gender-neutral categories. Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar and Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award honoree P!nk are all set to perform and the show will debut the music video for Taylor Swift's newly dropped single, "Look What You Made Me Do." 

  • The Tick

    Friday, Amazon

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    Amazon brings back the beloved comic book character, The Tick, in a live-action series starring Guardians of the Galaxy's Peter Serafinowicz. Seinfeld's Patrick Warburton also took on the character for a short stint on the Fox comedy in 2001. All iterations — the 1994 animated cartoon series, Fox live-action series and now Amazon's The Tick — come from creator Ben Edlund, who also writes several episodes. Jackie Earle Haley stars as The Terror. 

    "I had this impression of it as a very straightforward superhero parody, but didn’t realize that it was this incredibly sophisticated, surreal, beautifully written and drawn thing," Serafinowicz told THR of taking on the character. THR's review said the third attempt "gives us just the hero we need for these bleak times."

  • Disjointed

    Friday, Netflix

    'Disjointed'
    'Disjointed'
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    Kathy Bates teams up with Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre for pot comedy Disjointed. The Oscar and Emmy winner, who most recently starred on the little screen in American Horror Story, plays a lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization who is finally living her dream as the owner of a Los Angeles-area cannabis dispensary. Joining her are three "budtenders," her twentysomething son and a deeply troubled security guard — all of them constantly high — in the half-hour comedy, the first streaming series for prolific producer Lorre.

    "On the surface, Disjointed is one extended stoner joke, a monomaniacal Broad City or a never-ending version of the toking circle from That '70s Show," reads THR's review, adding that the comedy "has a good sense of the pothead mindset" and studio audience that "roars appreciatively at even the most obvious of punchlines."

  • Leap!

    In theaters

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    Set in 1884 Paris, the Weinstein Co. animated title stars Elle Fanning as an orphan girl with a dream to become a dancer, and even goes as far as to “borrow” someone else’s identity to enter the Opera Ballet School. Directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin, the film also features Mel Brooks, Kate McKinnon, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen in its voice cast, as well as two Jepsen songs on its soundtrack.

  • Birth of the Dragon

    In theaters

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    Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, the BH Tilt and WWE Studios release looks at the epic and still-controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man. Philip Ng portrays Lee, and Xia Yu plays Wong Jack Man. George Nolfi directs the movie, which is described as a modern take on Lee’s classic movies.

  • All Saints

    In theaters

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    John Corbett stars in the drama from Sony’s Affirm Films as a salesman-turned-pastor who was ordered to shut down his tiny church, but risks everything when the congregation hesitantly welcomes a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Steve Gomer directs the faith-based movie, which is based on a true story.

  • Beach Rats

    In limited theaters

    Courtesy of Sundance

    The Neon drama centers on an aimless Brooklyn teenage boy who sets out to escape his oppressive family and toxic friends and discover his sexual identity. However, his decisions leave him hurtling toward irreparable consequences. THR’s review reads that the movie, directed by Eliza Hittman, is “very much the work of a filmmaker with her own distinctive voice, combining moody poetry with textural sensuality to evoke the dangerous recklessness that often accompanies sexual discovery.” It also lauds the performance of the film’s lead actor, promising newcomer Harris Dickinson.

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