If you can’t decide what to watch this weekend, ScreenCrush’s Staff Picks are here to help. They’re like the recommendations at an old video store, except you don’t have to put on pants or go outside to get them. Here are three things to watch this weekend:
It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that I finally found time to catch Moonlight in theaters, so you’ll excuse me if the buzz around Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s film hasn’t quite worn off yet. Moonlight isn’t just a powerful story of one person’s struggle with his sexuality, it is also one of the most powerfully acted and beautifully shot films of the decade. In my professional opinion as a film critic, we should just throw awards at that movie until both filmmakers are forced to move into bigger houses just to store them all. That’s my professional opinion, mind you.
We’ve already seen The Americans preparing for war and escalating their spy games iin the first Season 5 trailers, but you know how those Russian secrets tend to leak out. Get an in-depth preview of the penultimate season with a full spread of new trailers, and behind-the-scenes promos, including some special guests.
FX’s The Americans seemed understandably chill with the whole Russian invasion thing, but can they handle Paige becoming a full-fledged spy? That’s the question in our first official footage and trailers for the penultimate season, as Paige takes things up a notch with some formal fight training.
Not that a slow Russian invasion of the United States is old news, but The Americans seems pretty casual about the whole thing. Our first look at a Season 5 teaser sees Paige getting pretty comfortable with the whole “Red Menace” thing, which might foreshadow a surprising change ahead.
And lo, FX has descended from upon the mountain to lay out our TV future for the next few months. Schedule-wise, at least, we know know when The Americans and their quaint Russian spy antics will return for Season 5, as well when Archer will enter “Dreamland” in the spring.
FX long-since eased the burden of Americans fans concerned with the show’s fate, giving us almost a full two seasons to wrap up the Jennings’ spy games. Now, sneak a peek at the fifth and penultimate year with some new wigs for Philip and Elizabeth, details on the “slow burn” season and and update on returning characters.
FX’s The Americans still has almost two full seasons to go, but if Season 5 starts feeling a bit bleak, you might be remembering the last time Noah Emmerich and Laurie Holden shared the screen. Both former Walking Dead stars will reunite for The Americans Season 5, as Holden joins in a recurring role.
The fine folk at Honest Trailers rarely get into the TV game (even less often double-dipping), but suffice to say, certain series might take years to make the rotation. No longer, as all the major Emmy 2016 contenders, from The Americans to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt get their own mini trailer parodies!
The Americans was lucky enough to end on its own terms, plotting a final two seasons over an abrupt cancellation, but unless we’re going all Tarantino in the end, outlook is not so good for our Russian spies. That said, star Matthew Rhys has apparently pitched his own vision of the final seasons, with plenty of historical merit, but one FX flatly rejected out of hand.