What to Watch This Weekend

8:52 AM 7/7/2017

by Ashley Lee and Jackie Strause

Spider-Man swings into theaters and THR offers a definitive summer TV catch-up guide.

'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    In theaters

    Chuck Zlotnick/CTMG and Marvel Unlimited

    Tom Holland stars as the webby superhero in Jon Watts' reboot, also featuring Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover and Jon Favreau. Robert Downey Jr. also appears as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and the villain Vulture is played by Michael Keaton. Unlike the previous Spider-Man films (which starred Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield), Homecoming centers on Peter Parker in high school and showcases his youth and innocence. The critically praised Sony and Marvel movie, which is the first standalone Spider-Man title that's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, already has a sequel set for summer 2019.

  • A Ghost Story

    In theaters

    Casey Affleck stars in David Lowery's poetic meditation as a Texas songwriter who, after death, becomes a white-sheeted ghost who tries to console his bereft wife, played by Rooney Mara. However, he discovers that he's become unstuck in time and is forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. He then embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. THR called the A24 drama "haunting, strange and beguiling."

  • City of Ghosts

    In theaters

    Courtesy of Sundance

    Matthew Heineman’s documentary follows the journey of a handful of anonymous Syrian activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. The film offers unique access to the brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run and in exile, risking their lives to document the atrocities committed in their homeland. Amazon acquired rights to the title after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, where it drew rave reviews. THR wrote that the film "effectively serves the dual purpose of exhibiting the rape of [the Syrian city of Raqqa] in a way not seen before and conveying the feeling of helplessness experienced by those who have managed to flee to the West."

  • Fear the Walking Dead

    Sunday, 9 p.m. on AMC

    Michael Desmond/AMC

    After kicking off with a shocking premiere death and bringing back more than one beloved star throughout its run, the first eight episodes of AMC's Walking Dead spinoff come to an end with Sunday's two-hour midseason finale. In the episode, "The Unveiling/Children of Wrath," a new arrival sows a divide within the ranch. Meanwhile, Alicia (Alycia Debnam Carey) forms a new relationship in the hopes of maintaining peace, Madison (Kim Dickens) must negotiate the terms of an agreement in the midst of ranch-wide turmoil, and Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia challenge their mother's motives.

  • Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence

    Sunday, 9 p.m. on History

    Eighty years after the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, History's two-hour special investigates one of the all-time greatest unsolved mysteries. FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry explores new evidence behind the vanishing of America’s first female aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, on July 2, 1937 — she was declared dead two years later after ongoing search missions, but her remains were never found. One piece of new evidence, a photo of a woman who resembles Earhart on a dock in the Marshall Islands, lends credence to the theory that Earhart and Noonan were captured by the Japanese. "When you pull out, and when you see the analysis that's been done, I think it leaves no doubt to the viewers that that's Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan," said Henry of the photo, which is believed to have been taken in 1937.

  • TV Catch-Up Guide

    Left, courtesy of FX, right, courtesy of HBO

    After a jam-packed spring of prestige TV, there is a limited window where viewers can catch up — before the next onslaught begins with Game of Thrones. THR's TV critic Daniel Fienberg details his strategies on which shows should be demanding your free time, since less new shows will be launching in the slower summer weeks. On his list are the series that dominated the recent critic conversation (Better Call Saul, The Handmaid's Tale, Fargo, The Americans, The Leftovers); the shows that shouldn't have been canceled (WGN's Underground, MTV's Sweet/Vicious, ABC's Downward Dog and Netflix's Sense8 — which is now returning for a two-hour finale); the great stuff on network TV (NBC's The Carmichael Show, ABC's Speechless, NBC's The Good Place and Superstore, and The CW's Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); and the recent onslaught of Netflix offerings (Orange Is The New Black, Dear White People, Master of None, F is for Family, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, GLOW, The Keepers and The Ranch); in addition to what Hulu and Amazon has available, like Casual and Sneaky Pete. Read his cases for the shows here.

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