What to watch this weekend

Whether you want to start a new show, or go catch a movie, here’s what’s good to watch this weekend!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Based on Suzanne Collins’ novels, the highly anticipated sequel is released today in the US. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, picking up where the first film left off.  If you didn’t see the first film, there’s time to quickly catch up today, the film is streaming on Netflix. Get your tickets fast, this is sure to sell out, especially on opening night!  This film is rated PG-13.  Run-time: 2 hr 26 min

“The Day of the Doctor” Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode

Saturday, November 23 marks the 50th anniversary of the hit BBC show Doctor Who, and this special episode is sure to excite fans.  Matt Smith stars as the Eleventh Doctor, aided by is companion, Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman); the episode guest stars the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, Billie Piper playing a very different looking Rose, and John Hurt as “The War Doctor,” who is still a mystery after being revealed in last season’s finale. Before you watch, make sure to check out BBC’s prequel short, The Night of the Doctor. Check your local BBC America listings for air times!

Thor: The Dark World

The sequel to “Thor” and beginning where “The Avengers” left off, this film knocks it off the charts. Starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the pair unite together to fight the Dark Elves. Will Loki betray Thor? It’s a question even Thor himself doesn’t have the answer to.  Whether you’re a Marvel fanatic and want to see it again, or are seeing it for the first time, it’s sure to please audiences. Make sure you stay until the end of the credits! For showtimes and theaters, click here.  This film is rated PG-13.  Run-time: 1 hr 51 min

Almost Human

Fox’s new sci-fi show premiered on November 17 to mixed reviews; some positive and some negative. From the mind of J.J. Abrams and the producers of the network’s former show “Fringe,” “Almost Human” looks like it could turn out to be reminiscent of it’s predecessor, and become a cult hit. If “Fringe” was any indication of how sci-fi shows go, this one may have to fight it’s way to stay on air for more than a season, however it’s Monday night companion, “Sleepy Hollow” is doing marvelously, so perhaps they can get a boost off their success. Watch for yourself and decide!  “Almost Human” airs Mondays on Fox.

Twelve Years a Slave

This film is a must-see before it leaves theaters, as it is riveting and has the ability to make an entire theater weep. “Twelve Years a Slave” is the story of Solomon Northup, in an outstanding performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor, which is sure to land him an Oscar nomination. The film chronicles Solomon, a free man, who is deceived by two men and sold into slavery; what makes the film even more heartbreaking is that it’s a true story.  Michael Fassbender also gives a fantastic performance as Edwin Epps, the terrifying owner of the plantation Solomon is sold to. Check for showtimes, but do be warned some scenes are hard to watch.  This film is rated R. Run-time: 2 hr 14 min

2 thoughts on “What to watch this weekend

  1. Pingback: Happy 50th Anniversary Doctor Who! | An American View of British Science Fiction

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