What to Watch This Weekend: November 4th-6th

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For this weekend, we’ve picked two new movies to check out in theaters this weekend and two watercooler-worthy options to stream from home.

For expanding horizon: Utama

For something truly original, visually stunning, and moving, Sundance Grand Jury winner Utama just arrived in theaters.  It’s the story of an indigenous couple in the Bolivian highlands whose way of life is being threatened by an extended drought.  And while it may sound bleak, it’s ultimately a romantic and hopeful story that looks at the immediacy of climate change through the eyes of people who have a spiritual connection to their environment — and depend on it for their survival.  Where to find it:  theaters only

For laughter:  Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

For the complete other end of the spectrum, if you’re feeling the need for a funny, over-the-top escape, Roku Channel just released Weird It’s a send-up of music biopics and a parody of Yankovic’s wild and highly unlikely rise to fame, which, according to the movie, included steamy affairs with Madonna and other celebrities (the movie is filled with cameos, some real, some fictional).  Adding to the ridiculousness is Harry Potter playing Weird Al, and Danielle Radcliffe commits to the bit.  Watch this one for the laughs, the throw back pop culture history, and the absurdity of it all.      Where to find itRoku Channel 

For thought-provoking:  Armageddon Time

Speaking of the 80s, you’ll be hearing about Armageddon Time come Oscar season.  Just released in theaters (only), this is director James Gray’s unflinching personal story of his childhood in 1980 Queens in the wake of Ronald Reagan’s election. It tells the story of a friendship between a middle-class Jewish loner and an isolated black boy, and all the forces that ultimately divide them. It circles around ideas about privilege and its moral compromises, and the tensions between remembering our family’s history and idealizing the American dream. It also includes members of the Trump family – who were prominent in Queens during the era – and a few critics have noted that the movie serves as a bell weather for our current times.  It also stars Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, and Succession‘s Jeremy Strong.  Where to find it:  theaters only

For an escape:  White Lotus Italy

Speaking of white privilege and our current era, if you haven’t caught the new seasons of White Lotus on HBOMax, it’s definitely the talk of the watercooler this week.  If you missed the first season, no worries, just jump in to this sun-soaked Sicilian resort drama.

That’s all for this weekend. Head to our filtered search engine for more ideas for what to watch. And have a great weekend.

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