What to Watch Over Labor Day Weekend

8:57 AM 9/1/2017

by Jackie Strause and Ashley Lee

For the first time in a quarter century, there won't be a major nationwide release at the box office over the long holiday weekend.

Pedro Pascal in 'Narcos'
Pedro Pascal in 'Narcos'
Courtesy of Netflix
  • Narcos

    Friday, Netflix

    Courtesy of Netflix

    Pablo Escobar's Narcos successors are "the biggest drug lords you’ve probably never heard of." After two seasons of tracking the DEA's manhunt for Wagner Moura's famous kingpin, Escobar was gunned down at the end of the sophomore season. The third season welcomes back Javier Pena (Pedro Pascal) but gone is his partner, played by Boyd Holbrook, when the drug cartel series shifts its focus to Escobar's real-life successors in the drug trade: Colombia’s Cali Cartel. The richest drug trafficking organization in the world operates much differently than Escobar’s, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines. Unlike Escobar's dictatorship over the Medellin cartel, there are four Cali godfathers: The Rodriguez brothers Gilberto (Damian Alcazar, above) and Miguel (Francisco Denis), Pacho Herrera (Alberto Ammann) and Narcos newcomer Chepe Santacruz Londono (Pepe Rapazote).

    "These guys were a giant, giant business," Narcos showrunner Eric Newman told THR of how they got their nickname of the Cali KGB. "Their ability to infiltrate via surveillance and manipulation and bribery to build the kind of empire they built in plain sight, in a lot of ways. It wasn’t a secret that they were drug dealers, but they played it so differently...  You really understand how big Cali was when you see the footprint and what their loss cost Cali. It’s pretty remarkable."

  • Twin Peaks

    Sunday, 8 p.m. on Showtime

    Courtesy of Showtime

    Showtime's Twin Peaks revival comes to an end with Sunday's finale when agent Dale Cooper, Shelley, Bobby Briggs and the rest of David Lynch's cast of characters sign off for a second time. Since the launch of the 18-episode reboot, details have been scarce and the two-hour season-ender is no exception, aside to say that Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost likely have a big farewell in store. 

    Though the second round of the cult '90s favorite has been deemed a success by the network, it's unlikely another season of Twin Peaks is on the horizon. "I don't think so, but it's not impossible. [David Lynch and I are] both avoiding the conversation for a while; we want to let the story coalesce and see how people feel at the end," Showtime CEO David Nevins said.

  • Tulip Fever

    In theaters

    Alex Bailey/The Weinstein Company

    The Weinstein Co. finally releases its oft-delayed period drama, starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz. Based on Deborah Moggach's 1999 novel and directed by Justin Chadwick, the film centers on an artist who falls in love with a married woman after he's commissioned by her husband to paint her portrait. Jack O’Connell, Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, Zach Galifianakis and Cara Delevingne are also among the cast.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    In theaters

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    Steven Spielberg's classic sci-fi flick is back in theaters for a week in honor of its 40th anniversary. Sony Pictures has remastered the director's cut in 4K for the re-release. The 1977 movie stars Richard Dreyfuss as a line worker who has a close encounter with an alien intelligence and feels drawn to a wilderness area where something important will soon happen. The film also stars Melinda Dillon and Francois Truffaut.

    The Hollywood Reporter's original review was so positive that it even suggested the film could match George Lucas' masterpiece Star Wars, also released that year: "To get to the bottom line with minimum delay, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a terrific movie, with every possibility of equaling the box-office popularity of Star Wars."