8 Things to Watch This Weekend

1:39 PM 9/29/2017

by Jackie Strause and Ashley Lee

'Battle of the Sexes' and Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Stronger' join the movies below when they expand nationwide. Elsewhere, both Larry David and Kyra Sedgwick make their returns to TV.

Larry David on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' Kyra Sedgwick on 'Ten Days in the Valley'
Larry David on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' Kyra Sedgwick on 'Ten Days in the Valley'
John P. Johnson/courtesy of HBO; ABC/Paul Sarkis
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Sunday, 10 p.m. on HBO

    Courtesy of HBO

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is back and even though the HBO comedy took a six-year break, Larry David is still the same old Larry. The 10-episode season kicks off with David as his TV alter ego exploring a new venture that elicits promising feedback from a number of prospective investors. But a string of missteps, however, undermines that plan — at least temporarily. 

    The original cast is also joining their leader — including the core group of Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, J.B. Smoove, Cheryl Hines and Richard Lewis — and a slew of celebrity guest stars will make their way into Larry's Hollywood orbit, from Bryan Cranston and Lauren Graham (a love interest for Larry) to Jimmy Kimmel. "I think one of the reasons people are happy Curb is back is because there’s so much going on and everyone is worried, rightly so, about all the big things," executive producer Jeff Schaffer told THR of the show and its star making its long-awaited 2017 debut. "Someone has to worry about the little things. Someone’s got to worry about the minutia, and Larry’s our man."

  • Ten Days in the Valley

    Sunday, 10 p.m. on ABC

    Kyra Sedgwick makes her return to TV on the new ABC limited series Ten Days in the Valley. In her first starring role since wrapping TNT's The Closer in 2012, the actress also serves as an executive producer on the series from showrunner Tassie Cameron (Mary Kills People, Rookie Blue).

    The 10-episode character-driven mystery tells the story of Jane Sadler (Sedgwick), an overworked Hollywood TV producer whose daughter mysteriously vanishes from Jane’s home one night while she is working in the outside shed. Jane, who was also on drugs when her daughter was taken, will blur moral lines as she goes toe-to-toe with her bitter ex-husband and the LAPD officer keeping a close eye on the case. "I thought she was a fascinating, very flawed and complicated person — mother, writer, artist, seeker, a passionate person who is very tricky with her truth-telling,” Sedgwick explained to THR. “So many aspects of this show intrigue me, especially how we tell stories about ourselves."

  • American Made

    In theaters

    David James/Universal Studios

    Tom Cruise portrays real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs in the 1980s for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and was recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in history. Doug Liman — who also helmed the Cruise starrer The Edge of Tomorrow — directs this Universal crime thriller, also starring Lola Kirke, Domhnall Gleeson and Jesse Plemons.

    The controversial plane-filled shoot led to two deaths and multiple lawsuits. And though the project pushes the Top Gun star "to raise his game and give his amoral deliveryman a sleazier edge than viewers expect from the usually clean-cut icon," THR's review warns, "this is yet another hyper-competent, boyishly devil-may-care character that offers the actor, famous for his derring-do on set, a chance to do his own stunts and fly a plane; it’s not a role all that far out of the aging megastar’s wheelhouse."

  • Flatliners

    In theaters

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures

    Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons play medical students who conduct near-death experiments to explore the afterlife — but with disastrous consequences. Niels Arden Oplev directs the retelling of the 1990 thriller, which starred Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland, all three of whom also appear in the reboot.

    THR's review called the remake "Hollywood's latest attempt to bring a long-forgotten hit back from the dead for an audience raised on reheated cultural leftovers." Adding that one of the few ways the film strays from the original is by having its casting reflect present-day medical school with "a touch of racial diversity and a 3-to-2 ratio of women to men."

  • Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House

    In limited theaters

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

    Yes, the FBI can help oust a corrupt president. The Sony Classics political thriller stars Liam Neeson as the titular high-ranking FBI official — aka “Deep Throat” — who risks everything to become an informant during the Watergate scandal. Tom Sizemore, Diane Lane, Tony Goldwyn, Josh Lucas, Michael C. Hall, Ike Barinholtz and Brian d’Arcy James are also among the cast of the drama, written and directed by Peter Landesman.

    The real-life drama was shot during last year's "surreal" election, and the cast could never surmise that James Comey, the then-head of the FBI, would soon be ousted by the incoming president. Still, "democracy works — that's what came out of the whole story of Watergate," Neeson, with hope, told THR. "Investigative journalism works. ... No man, and certainly no president, is above the law. He has to be accountable."

  • A Question of Faith

    In theaters

    Courtesy of Silverlining Entertainment

    The faith-based drama centers on three families whose destinies force them to converge after they're each stricken by tragedy. They all find themselves at a crossroads, questioning their faith and the higher power that guides their lives. Kevan Otto directs the Pure Flix release, featuring an ensemble cast of Richard T. Jones, C. Thomas Howell, Kim Fields, Renee O'Connor, Gregory Alan Williams, T.C. Stallings, Jaci Velasquez and Amber Thompson.

  • Til Death Do Us Part

    In theaters

    Courtesy of Novus Content

    Taye Diggs and Annie Ilonzeh star in the Novus thriller as Michael and Madison, who had planned to spend the rest of their lives together until one day Michael's controlling ways turned their perfect marriage. Madison then decides to get away, adopts a new identity and learns to love again — until Michael discovers her whereabouts and recreates her nightmare all over again. Malik Yoba, Stephen Bishop, Robinne Lee and Jessica Vanessa DeLeon are also among the cast of the Chris Stokes movie.

  • Our Souls at Night

    Netflix, select theaters

    Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival

    Robert Redford and Jane Fonda reunite in the Netflix drama as widowed Colorado neighbors who have lived nearby each other for decades and unexpectedly find love. Ritesh Batra directed the movie based on Kent Haruf's 2015 novel.

    Our Souls at Night marks the fourth onscreen collaboration between Redford and Fonda, who first played a married couple in the 1966 thriller The Chase. They then played newlyweds in the 1967 romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park, and starred opposite each other in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. "I wanted to do another film with her before I died," said Redford of reteaming, with Fonda adding, "These films bookend our careers. We played that young love just getting married and now we play old people love and old people sex. Although, In my opinion, Ritesh cut the sex scene too soon."

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