11 Things to Watch This Weekend

12:01 PM 10/20/2017

by Ashley Lee and Jackie Strause

While a slew of movies hit the big screen, 'The Walking Dead' kicks off season eight with its 100th episode.

'Geostorm,' 'Snowman'
'Geostorm,' 'Snowman'
Left, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures; right, courtesy of Universal Pictures
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    In theaters

    Madea and the gang are back for the Lionsgate sequel, once again directed by and starring Tyler Perry. This time out, Madea, Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), Viv (Chandra Currelley) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) take a vacation to a campground with their family members, unaware that the grounds are haunted by monsters, goblins and boogeymen.

    The first Halloween-themed Madea title opened last year and grossed $74 million worldwide, and the followup is predicted to earn over $20 million in its opening weekend. THR's review noted, "Either you're part of the fan base that keeps this staggeringly untalented director making movies, or you can barely imagine finding him funny."

  • Only the Brave

    In theaters

    The real-life Sony drama introduces the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the heroic team of Arizona firefighters who fought the deadliest wildfire in history, resulting in the death of 19 crewmembers. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly make up the cast of the Joseph Kosinski film.

    Though many movies have put firefighters and other servicemen in major situations on the big screen, THR's review calls this take "an engaging account of a tragic real-life story" that is "robust and vigorously acted."

  • Geostorm

    In theaters

    Gerard Butler stars in the Warner Bros. and Skydance release, which sees the world’s climate change control system — initially built to prevent natural disasters and keep the human popular safe — going haywire and making the titular event inevitable. Dean Devlin directs the thriller, which also features Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and Zazie Beetz in the cast.

    The disaster epic is tracking to open in the $10 million-$12 million range, a dismal start for a film that cost at least $120 million to produce. The troubled production required $15 million in significant reshoots, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer brought aboard to help. The movie isn't being screened in advance for critics, nor will it hold Thursday-night previews.

  • The Snowman

    In theaters

    The Universal crime thriller stars Michael Fassbender as an elite detective who investigates the disappearance of a woman after her pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. The clue may be connected to decades-old cold cases involving an elusive serial killer. Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, Chloe Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg and J.K. Simmons are also among the cast of the Tomas Alfredson film, which is based on Jo Nesbo’s 2007 book and counts Martin Scorsese as an executive producers.

    However, THR's review warned, "For all its high-caliber talent mix, The Snowman is a largely pedestrian affair, turgid and humorless in tone. The cast share zero screen chemistry, much of the dialogue feels like a clunky first draft and the wearily familiar plot is clogged with clumsy loose ends. While Nesbo's novel was a pulpy page-turner, formulaic but effective, Alfredson and his team have somehow managed to drain it of tension."

  • Same Kind of Different As Me

    In theaters

    Based on a true story, the faith-based drama centers on an art dealer who befriends a homeless man to save his marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams lead all three of them on an invaluable journey. Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight star in the Michael Carney title, which is expected to open in the $4 million range.

    Paramount, which made the film adaptation of the book of the same name, was originally set to open Same Kind of Different as Me in April 2016, but later dropped the film, with Pure Flix picking up the rights.

  • The Killing of the Sacred Deer

    In limited theaters

    Colin Farrell reunites with The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos for the unsettling psychological revenge thriller, in which he plays a successful surgeon who attempts to integrate a teenager into his family. However, when the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice. Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and Bill Camp are also among the cast.

    THR's review called the movie "a brooding requiem of domestic horror. Reaching back to classical Greek tragedy for inspiration, this hypnotic tale of guilt and retribution provides an even more riveting role for Colin Farrell after his collaboration on the director's English-language debut, The Lobster. He's flanked by a never-better Nicole Kidman and a performance of chilling effectiveness from emerging Irish talent Barry Keoghan in a thriller that frequently invites comparison to vintage Polanski."

  • Wonderstruck

    In limited theaters

    Based on Brian Selznick's 2011 novel, the Todd Haynes-directed drama intercuts between two parallel plots: In 1927, a deaf girl living in Hoboken heads to New York City in search of a celebrated actress, while in 1977, an orphaned boy is struck deaf and runs away from his home in Minnesota to New York in hopes of finding answers about his past. In Selznick's book, the young girl's story is told entirely through illustrations, and, in the Amazon and Roadside title, her quest is filmed as a silent movie within the movie. Julianne Moore plays a dual role alongside each of the young stars.

    THR's review called the drama a "spellbinding retelling, ... Alive with the magic of pictures and the mysteries of silence, this is an uncommonly grownup film about children, communication, connection and memory."

  • The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story

    Friday, Netflix

    The three-part Netflix docuseries is the biographical account of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and follows the events of an October 2015 meeting between del Castillo, actor Sean Penn and infamous drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo. Penn famously wrote about the encounter in a Rolling Stone article after the drug lord was arrested, and he has since aired grievances about the series via his lawyer.

    The series bills itself as telling del Castillo's side of the story, using never-before-seen footage and new details of what led to the infamous meeting. Del Castillo is also an executive producer on the series.

  • George Michael: Freedom

    Saturday, 9 p.m. on Showtime

    Before he died on Dec. 25, 2016, George Michael was ­prepping a 90-minute documentary for Showtime. The Wham! singer, who passed from heart and liver-related issues at age 53, was one of the most renowned pop artists and the film now serves as the British star’s last role. The two-time Grammy winner narrates the film, which looks at his entire music career and focuses especially on his 1990 solo album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, and legal clash with Sony to be released from his recording contract.

    Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, his comedian friends James Corden and Ricky Gervais, and all five supermodels from the “Freedom! ’90” music video, including Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, all take part in the film to pay tribute to the late legend.

  • Outlander

    Sunday, 8 p.m. on Starz

    After bringing Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) back together two weeks ago, Starz's time-travel romance drama finally rells the story of the Print Shop reunion made famous in the third book of the series. The 74-minute episode goes back in time to tell the tale from Jamie's perspective.

    The two loves, who were separated by 200 years of time and space, finally came face-to-face last week in Jamie's print shop in Edinburgh. The episode ended abruptly, as Jamie fainted, and Saturday's supersized show, titled "A. Malcolm," continues the story. "It's a love letter to the fans to be like, let's see Jamie and Claire reunite and let's have this bubble fantasy episode before all this stuff comes crashing down on them," said executive producer Maril Davis.

  • The Walking Dead

    Sunday, 9 p.m. on AMC

    AMC's flagship zombie drama returns with its highly anticipated 100th episode to launch season eight. The new episodes will see Rick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) go head-to-head in a long hinted at "righteous battle," as showrunner Scott M. Gimple teased in April.

    The season-eight trailer had also looked ahead with a major time jump after the all-out war with Negan. The trailer features an older Rick, a similar image to how he looks in that era of Robert Kirkman's comics. But why give up the reveal unless there's some sort of twist? And, who will be the casualties of the war? High on the list, according to THR's show expert, is Morgan Jones (Lennie James), with Negan lagging long behind. More burning questions can be found here.

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