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To watch and watch for: week of Oct. 16

By SOPHIA LIN | October 17, 2022



The Banshees of Inisherin, The Boys from Biloxi and Crybaby are a few of the picks to explore this fall break.

Believe it or not, fall break is upon us — though only after we’ve finished three more days of classes. But then we’ll all finally have a moment to breathe, sleep and really sleep. Thankfully it’s an exciting week for releases across the board, especially with a much-anticipated album from a certain singer-songwriter who needs no introduction.

Films this week contain nearly every flavor of comedy, with dramedy The Banshees of Inisherin, romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise and animated comedy Wendell & Wild as a few of the top picks. On TV, Invasion dips into science fiction with a hint of thriller.

Meanwhile new on the shelves: John Grisham is back with a legal thriller while Demon Copperhead reimagines a classic tale. Actor Alan Rickman’s posthumous diaries are also set to be published after over 25 years in the making.

And as foreshadowed, Taylor Swift’s Midnights will be out this week, along with long-awaited new music from Arctic Monkeys and duo Tegan and Sara.

Here is what to watch and watch for this week. Enjoy!

To watch…

The Banshees of Inisherin, directed by Martin McDonagh — Oct. 21

From the director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri comes a thought-provoking tale following the abrupt ending of two Irishmen’s lifelong friendship.

Ticket to Paradise, directed by Ol Parker — Oct. 21

Megastars George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite in this romantic comedy about a divorced couple embarking on a journey to stop their daughter’s marriage.

Raymond & Ray, directed by Rodrigo García — Oct. 21

Released on streaming, Raymond & Ray delves into the legacy left by a failed father when two half brothers (Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor) must navigate his death.

Wendell & Wild, directed by Henry Selick — Oct. 21

Another iconic reunion comes in the form of Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key each playing one half of the demon brother pair Wendell and Wild in this stop-motion comedy.

Invasion, created by Simon Kinberg and David Weil — Oct. 22

Through five perspectives scattered around the globe, the series details the aftermath of a dangerous alien species’ invasion of Earth.

To read…

The Boys from Biloxi: A Legal Thriller, by John Grisham — Oct. 18

Grisham dives deep with a gritty thriller set in Biloxi, Miss. about two childhood friends from immigrant families facing each other on different sides of the law.

Demon Copperhead: A Novel, by Barbara Kingsolver – Oct. 18

The cleverly titled novel puts a modern spin on David Copperfield, taking the tale to the American South, where a boy navigates growing up with a teenage single mother.

Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman, by Alan Rickman — Oct. 18

In a posthumous memoir, Rickman shares his unfiltered diary entries across topics from art to politics, peeling back the layers of his iconic life in the spotlight.

To listen…

Crybaby, by Tegan and Sara — Oct. 21

The Canadian indie pop duo’s 10th studio album ventures into the healing that comes after bruises from childhood and young adulthood.

The Car, by Arctic Monkeys — Oct. 21

Written by frontman Alex Turner, The Car from rock band Arctic Monkeys promises to musically pick up where they last left off.

Midnights, by Taylor Swift – Oct. 21

True to its name, Swift’s latest studio album will tell the stories of her scattered sleepless nights, set to be a more personal entry in her discography.

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