What to Watch This Weekend

10:19 AM 7/14/2017

by Ashley Lee and Jackie Strause

Winter and the return of 'Game of Thrones' are here.

'Game of Thrones'
'Game of Thrones'
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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    In theaters

    Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

    The Fox threequel, which reboots the classic franchise starring Charleton Heston, features Andy Serkis' return via motion-capture as Caesar, the reluctant leader of the genetically-evolved apes. Matt Reeves again directs the follow-up to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson are among the franchise’s newcomers. Though there are echoes of Trump, the parallels were purely coincidental. "When we shot the movie, the idea of Trump becoming president seemed unlikely,” the film's VFX supervisor told THR. Head here for the review and here for the five things to now before seeing the movie.

  • Wish Upon

    In theaters

    Steve Wilkie/Broad Green Pictures

    Directed by John R. Leonetti, Broad Green’s horror release stars Joey King Ryan Phillippe and Stranger Things' Shannon Purser. It centers on a girl who finds a magical box that grants her wishes, but it's only after she begins getting wishes granted that she notices terrible things happening to people close to her. THR's film critic says the movie "doesn’t break any new genre ground. But it should prove mildly diverting for viewers young enough not to care how utterly derivative it is."

  • Blind

    In theaters

    Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

    Alec Baldwin stars as a visually-impaired novelist who, after the fatal car crash that left him without his wife or his vision, begins to rediscover life and his writing. Michael Mailer directs the Vertical Entertainment drama, which also features Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott in its cast. An advocacy group for those with disabilities has come out against the movie's choice to cast Baldwin as blind man, saying that the production is "once again overlooking the opportunity to cast actors with disabilities."

  • To the Bone

    Friday, Netflix (and limited theaters)

    Courtesy of Netflix

    The Netflix movie stars Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman who makes a last attempt to conquer her severe anorexia by entering a group recovery home. Keanu Reeves plays the home’s lead doctor, Carrie Preston plays her stepmother, and Alex Sharp, Alanna Ubach and Retta are among those who help her through the program. The dramedy, which Netflix acquired after it premiered at Sundance to positive reviews, also debuts in limited theaters. THR’s film critic called it “occasionally harrowing but also surprisingly warm and funny.” The movie is based on the experiences of writer-producer Marti Noxon (Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, UnReal), who spent much of her teens and early 20s in and out of hospitals. Collins herself also suffered from anorexia in real life. She received the script while writing about her own experience for her recently released memoir, and was drawn to its authenticity as well as its surprising sense of humor: “I feel very fortunate to have had the experience when your life’s mission and the mission of a movie so brilliantly get to be intertwined.”

  • Friends From College

    Friday, Netflix

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    Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage and Kate McKinnon round out the ensemble comedy of Netflix's newest offering. The comedy, created by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and wife Francesca Delbanco, is about six friends who went to Harvard together who are now approaching their 40th birthdays and realizing their lives haven't gone how they planned. THR's reviewer had trouble deciding if the sitcom was a dreadfully unfunny comedy or an ambitious anti-comedy: "What if Friends From College is an elaborate meta-commentary on toxic TV sitcom friendship and, in fact, an elaborate meta-commentary on the entire decaying process of watching TV in a post-television age?" Stoller told THR of the premise: "It was funny to see these characters who went to this great university not really doing that awesome."

  • Game of Thrones

    Sunday, 9 p.m. on HBO

    Courtesy of HBO

    Only 13 episodes remain before Game of Thrones comes to an end, and the first half of the HBO epic's final tour launches this Sunday. Winter is indeed coming when the seventh season premieres, embarking fans on the winding final journey of the long-running George R.R. Martin series. The secrets behind the season are being kept under lock and key, but a handful of the cast offered previews to THR. Some of the most long-awaited moments of the entire series will be coming to fruition, including Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) landing in Westeros for the first time on the show, pointing to a Jon Snow (Kit Harington) encounter. Takeaways from cast conversations are safe to conclude three things: the second-to-last season will have an accelerated pace, events that viewers have been hoping to see will come to pass and characters, possibly fan-favorites, are going to die. When summing up the premiere using three words, John Bradley (who plays Samwell Tarly) chose wisely: "Best. First. Ever." Head here for all GoT coverage and check in with THR.com on Sunday night for recaps, an analysis and more from the cast.

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