The 10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Watch This Weekend

With the release of the new Mission: Impossible, we have truly begun the peak summer-movie season. Barbenheimer isn’t until next weekend, but in the meantime we’ve got plenty of stuff to watch. There’s Tom Cruise’s latest cinematic death wish, an indie comedy, the return of everybody’s favorite vampires, some surprisingly quick-turnaround VOD releases, and more. It’s too hot out, anyway, let’s get to watching. (This list will self-destruct in five seconds.) —James Grebey

1. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One

You might want to see Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One on the largest screen you can find, preferably Imax, before Oppenheimer boots it out of the premium formats in less than a week’s time. Say what you will about Tom Cruise (and there’s a lot to be said), but he’s literally jumping off cliffs for our entertainment and for the sake of cinema—J.G.

2. Theater Camp

Nothing says summer like a sleepaway camp, and in Theater Camp, the nostalgia is high. Directed by Nick Lieberman and Claire bear Molly Gordon, this offbeat comedy follows the staff of a down-on-its-luck camp as they try to put together the best show of their lives to keep the business afloat. Comedies are back, baby! —Savannah Salazar.

3. What We Do in the Shadows season five

The new season of the best bloodsucker comedy on TV begins with Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), the familiar to Nandor (Kayvan Novak), revealing he may have been turned into a vamp, which could drive a wedge in their pseudofamily. And that would be a shame, considering how close they all are. (Note: Some of them still call Guillermo “Gizmo.”) —J.C.

4. Bird Box Barcelona

Regardless of whether or not this sort-of sequel to the Sandra Bullock–led Netflix movie Bird Box (“If you look at the monsters, you go insane!”) is any good, I think just slapping some European city on to the title of existing horror movies is a great strategy. Halloween Dubrovnik. Paranormal Activity Copenhagen. I Know What You Did Last Summer Bucharest. Sure! Why not!? —J.G.

5. The Afterparty season two

In this return of the murder-mystery series that experiments with genre tropes, Aniq (Sam Richardson) and Zoë (Zoë Chao) travel to a destination wedding. You won’t believe what happens shortly after they arrive. —Jen Chaney.

6. Full Circle

The duo behind the 2018 HBO limited series Mosaic — writer Ed Solomon and director Steven Soderbergh — have reteamed for this limited series about an attempt to kidnap the grandson of a celebrity chef (Dennis Quaid) that goes awry, affecting an array of characters. It’s hard to ask for a better cast than the one assembled here, which includes Claire Danes, Timothy Olyphant, Zazie Beetz, Jharrel Jerome, and CCH Pounder. —J.C.

6. The League

To quote another great movie: How can you not be romantic about baseball? This documentary about the Negro League premiered at Tribeca to acclaim ahead of its theatrical release this weekend. That America’s pastime was segregated is an indictment of America, of course, but the story of Black ballplayers in the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s is worth celebrating. —J.G.

7. Survival of the Thickest (Netflix)

The always hilarious Michelle Buteau knocks it out of the park with everything she does, whether it’s hosting The Circle or anchoring a podcast or stealing scenes as a supporting character in rom-coms. Now, she’s fully in the spotlight as an actress in this comedy based on her acclaimed book of essays.

Mavis Beaumont is a Black, plus-sized, newly single stylist who has to rebuild her life. She is determined to not only survive, a la Gloria Gaynor, but thrive. She has support from her chosen family, a body positive attitude and some damn cute clothes

8. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Antonio Banderas returns as the swashbuckling booted feline in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish – and he’s used eight of his nine lives. In his latest adventure, Puss teams up with Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and Perrito the dog (Harvey Guillén) to try and find the Last Wish for the Wishing Star to get his lives back. The voice cast also includes Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, and John Mulaney.

9. Outlander (NETFLIX)

10. The Out Laws (Netflix)

Source; The Vulture, Tom’s Guide and Mazima

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