Looking for fun film and TV related ways to spend your weekend in Austin?
These events are the Best in Film and TV the entertainment world has to offer this weekend.
Movies Opening This Weekend
12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena
Den of Thieves
Den of Thieves is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.
Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., 50 Cent
The Open House
This Netflix original movie focuses on a teenager and his mother who move to a relative’s vacant vacation home, where eerie and unexplained forces conspire against them.
Stars: Dylan Minnette, Piercey Dalton
Set in 1950’s London, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman who becomes his muse and lover. Paul Thomas Anderson directs DDL in what he has said is his final role.
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
One sentence review: While most are calling this a beautiful story and film, I found it to be unfulfilling and was hoping for more from both PTA and DDL.
This Netflix original movie is a stepping inspired film that looks to be a little Pitch Perfect, mixed with Bring It On and an added dash of Drumline. Though Vibe simply describes it as a female version of Stomp The Yard.
Stars: Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith
New TV Episodes
Grace & Frankie
Netflix | Available to stream on Friday
According to TV Fanatic, new friends, death, knee replacements, relationship problems, dementia, scam artists, grandchildren and escaped zoo animals are just some of the topics covered during Grace and Frankie Season 4.
HBO | Friday | 10 p.m.
High Maintenance returns with Sinclair as “The Guy,” a bike-riding, weed-delivery salesman with an eclectic variety of Brooklyn clients. Season two apparently begins on the morning after Trump was elected President.
Planet Earth: Blue Planet II
BBC America | Saturday | 8 p.m.
The breathtaking Planet Earth journey continues with the premiere of Blue Planet II, focusing on “One Ocean,” which takes viewers on a journey from the intense heat of the tropics to the planet’s frozen poles.
Screen Actor’s Guild Awards
TBS & TNT | Sunday | 7 p.m.
Kristen Bell serve as the first ever host of this year’s SAG Awards, which air on both TBS and TNT.
Starz | Sunday | 7 p.m.
JK Simmons stars as a UN employee who discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension in Starz’s new sci-fi spy thriller.
FOX | Sunday | 9 p.m.
The Resident centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.
Stars: Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Melina Kanakaredes
Film Events in Austin
Friday – Sunday | Various times | Bass Concert Hall
Based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Buy tickets and get showtimes here.
Terrence Malick’s Days Of Heaven in 35mm
Friday | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Austin Film Society
Terrence Malick’s romantic period masterpiece is an epic tale about impoverished youth heading West for the possibility of a new life. Stars Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Linda Manz. More info here.
10 Things I Hate About You
Friday | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at the Community First! Village. Event is free but a $5 donation is appreciated. More info here.
Master Pancake vs. There Will Be Blood
Friday & Saturday | at 7 & 10 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Village
Join Master Pancake as they drink the milkshake of There Will Be Blood. To celebrate the retirement of Daniel Day-Lewis from the movies, the Drafthouse will be roasting/ honoring one of DDL’s most iconic contributions to cinema. Be there as they give famed oil baron Daniel Plainview a crude awakening and riff P.T. Anderson’s mid-naughties masterpiece. Buy tickets here.
Friday & Saturday | Various times | Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
What do you get when David Bowie, Jim Henson, and George Lucas team up for a film at the height of the cultural weirdness that was the late ‘80s? A young adult fantasy adventure epic that is like pure, uncut magic – times infinity. The Drafthouse has teamed up with Birth.Movies.Death. for a brand new edition of quote-along Labyrinth that takes all of that magic and explodes it right off the screen and into the theater for an unforgettable interactive celebration that’ll have you singing, quoting, and dance (magic) dancing all night long. More info here.
Paddington 2 Family Party
Saturday | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
Celebrate the return of deepest, darkest Peru’s lovable export — Paddington Bear. Your family party ticket includes a lobby party with themed crafts and activities at 9:30 and then the film itself at 10:15 a.m. But tickets here.
Saturday & Sunday | 2:55 p.m. (Saturday) & 6 p.m. (Sunday) | Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Set in early 1970s L.A., Inherent Vice is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s shaggy-dog story about the sinister underside of La La Land. Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts and Josh Brolin. Buy tickets here
Troop Beverly Hills Quote-A-Long
Sunday | 4 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
Learn important life lessons like How to Do the Freddie, The Right Way to Wear Khaki and Avoiding Stylists Named Renaldo while quoting along with your favorite lines, and, of course, singing along to everyone’s favorite dessert jam, “Cookie Time.” More info here.
Devil Wears Prada
Sunday | 7:15 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
Whip-smart, genuinely funny, packed with ample style and the aforementioned memorable performances, a night spent with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is pretty much the next best thing to Fashion Week and a whole lot more affordable. Buy tickets here.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Sunday | 10 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
The Drafthouse will have lightning sticks for everyone to use whenever you’re rocking out with Sex Bob-omb or fighing off an evil ex, and every time an ex is destroyed they’ll shower the theater in gold coins. It’s the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Movie Party, and it will punch the highlights right out of your hair. Buy tickets here.
Terms of Endearment
Sunday | 12:30 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
Sometimes you just need to have a good cry, and this concept is the very core and essence of Good Mourning Brunch. Theyll supply the tissues, you feel free to bring your comfort pillow and blanket. They’ll also be serving a specialty food and drink menu that was made exclusively for this brunch series! Buy tickets here.
TV Events in Austin
The Addams Family
Friday – Sunday | 7 – 9:30 p.m. | Leander High School
Based on both the classic New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams and the hit TV show, The Addams Family features show-stopping musical numbers, impressive special effects, tons of laughs, and a cast and crew of more than 50 talented young artists and performers. Tickets are just $12-15. More info here.
Game of Thrones Trivia
Sunday | 6 – 9 p.m. | Hops and Grain
Questions will exclusively cover HBO’s Game of Thrones season 6. All questions will be based exclusively on the HBO TV series and not the books. More info here.