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What to watch this weekend: July 21-23

What to watch this weekend: July 21-23

This is. This is the weekend we’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, we’re talking about the release of Barbie AND Oppenheimer. These films would have been two of the most anticipated releases of the year on their individual merits, but the joint release window of these two very different titles has created what will likely be the biggest weekend of 2023 at the box office. But what do the films themselves look like? Well, as far as it goes Barbie, the movie looks like an absolute blast. It’s based on the iconic Mattel toy of the same name, directed by one of today’s most promising filmmakers. Greta Gerwigand stars a massive cast full of A-listers, incl Margot Robbie, Ryan GoslingAND Will Ferrell. How much for Oppenheimerthe film follows the story of the real-life theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man who essentially led the invention of the atomic bomb. Another light-hearted Nolan movie, right? Not so much, but the talent behind the film is a near-certain guarantee that it will be great. Oppenheimer directed by Christopher Nolanone of the best filmmakers working today, and stars a huge cast of A-listers, including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr.AND Florence Pugh. This weekend is going to rock.

In addition to these two films, there is also Netflix’s sci-fi comedy mystery, They cloned Tyronestarring John Boyega, Jamie FoxxAND Teyonah Parris. Then there is Cobweba new horror film from the first-time feature director Samuel Bodinstarring Lizzy Caplan, Woody NormanAND Anthony Starr. And on the small screen, Justified: City Primeval will premiere on FX.

Here’s a closer look at five exciting titles to check out this weekend!


Where to watch: In theaters starting Friday

This summer has been full of fun movie releases, but it looks like we’ve finally reached the most fun of them all. Simply put, Barbie it looks like absolute madness. The film follows Barbie and Ken (Robbie and Gosling) as they travel into the real world and learn the hardships of living among regular people. Greta Gerwig has been on the record about the inspirations behind her third film, reeling from an impressive list of comedies such as His daughter Fridayclassic technicolor like The wizard of ozeven totemic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Take these influences and mix them with a massive cast that includes Robbie, Gosling, Ferrell, Emma Mackey, Simu Liuand our son Michael Cera (simply awesome) … and all for one Barbie movie? Come on, what’s not to love here? You don’t even have to watch the trailers for long to realize how much fun they had making this movie, but you’ll have to go see the movie to have fun with them. Do it – you know you want to!

The colliders Ross Bonaime loved it, saying, “Gerwig has created a film that takes Barbie, appreciates her contribution as an idea to our world, but also criticizes her faults, while also making a film that celebrates being a woman and all the hardships and beauty that entails. This also manages to be a film that feels firmly in line with Gerwig’s previous films as she continues her streak as one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. Barbie it could have just been a commercial, but Gerwig makes this plastic life into something truly fantastic.”


Where to watch: In theaters starting Friday

Christopher Nolan may be one of our best directors, but after 2020, endlessly in between Tenet, the man needed a project to retain his coronation title. Three years later, Nolan will return with it Oppenheimer. This biopic tells the life story of J. Robert Oppenheimer and mainly details the invention of the atomic bomb. Although the film is a big production and has a massive cast, with Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Rami Malekand even Josh Peck (oh yeah), it feels like a return to form for Nolan. It’s a huge relief to see him move away from the galactic brain sci-fi concepts we’ve seen in starting, InterstellarAND Tenet. As great as some of those movies are, Nolan rode that horse to the point where it felt like self-parody. Here’s hoping that Oppenheimer it’s the beginning of an era that brings the director’s films back to Earth.

Collider’s Ross Bonaime loved it, saying, “Although Nolan is progressing in the talents that have brought him to where he is today, this movie takes that to a whole new level that we’ve never seen before. with OppenheimerNolan is more mature as a director than ever before, and it looks like we can start to see what incredible work he’s really capable of.”

They cloned Tyrone

Where to watch: On Netflix this Friday

Okay, I’ll never know how we’re supposed to get past this weekend’s Barbenheimer event and watch anything else. Well, actually, I know – you’re going to sit on the couch and throw on the new Netflix movie They cloned Tyrone. This mystery/sci-fi/thriller-mash-comedy genre mash-up follows a group of neighborhood friends as they uncover a government conspiracy, leading them down a strange rabbit hole. The film serves as Joel Taylor’s directorial debut and stars John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, Jamie Foxx, David Alan GrearAND Kiefer Sutherland. If you feel like you’re spending too much time at the theater this weekend (there is no such thing), then They cloned Tyrone seems like the perfect alternative for you.


Where to watch: In theaters starting Friday

October may be prime time for horror movie releases, but the free and fun nature of summer always makes room for a nice scare. Such is the case with this weekend’s newest scary movie, Cobweb. The film follows Peter (Woody Norman), an 8-year-old boy who tries to find out where the knocking in the walls of his house is coming from, only to discover something more sinister beneath the surface. Cobweb is giving another directorial debut, coming from the first time Samuel Bodinand movie stars Anthony Starr, Lizzy CaplanAND Cleopatra Coleman.

Despite having some issues with it, Collider’s Marco Vito Oddo found enough pros to make the film worthwhile, writing, “There’s no sugarcoating it Cobwebits flaws, from pacing to complicated editing. However, the film has the potential to become more of a crowd pleaser as it brings the scares. It might not be a particularly memorable horror movie, but it’s still fun, and sometimes that’s the whole reason we need to go to the movies.”

Justified: City Primeval

Where to watch: Airing weekly on FX and streaming on Hulu. The first two episodes are already available.

After several long years apart, Justified is back Not as a sequel to that specific series, but rather as a continuation series – Justified: City Primeval. US Marshal Raylan Givens, once again played by Timothy Olyphant, returns eight years after the original series ended its run. These days, Givens is raising his daughter and living in Miami, but his life quickly moves to Detroit, where he ends up following Clement Mansell, aka the Oklahoma Wildman (Boyd Holbrook), the latest in a long line of memorable ones Justified the villains. Okay, so we have a show with Olyphant and Holbrook in it as the big draws? Count me in too! Main City was developed by Dave Andron AND Dinner Michaelboth of whom worked on the original series.


bounce (Apple TV+)

Room full of people (Apple TV+)

Outlander (Netflix)


Minx (Starz)

Special Operations: Lioness (Paramount+)

Domina (MGM+)

Grantchester (PBS)

The Walking Dead: Dead City (AMC, AMC+)

The right gems (HBO, Max)


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