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Top Viewing Picks for the Weekend of September 8-10

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Each passing week brings us closer to the eagerly anticipated Halloween season. While it may not be upon us just yet, the anticipation is palpable. Adding to the excitement are the latest offerings of spine-chilling horror films and gripping TV shows that set the stage for this eerie time of year.

This week, horror enthusiasts are in for a treat with the release of “The Nun II,” a chilling installment in the Conjuring universe. Directed by the seasoned Conjuring veteran, Michael Chaves, this film reintroduces one of the series’ most iconic characters, promising to deliver a truly hair-raising experience. The cast includes talented actors such as Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, and Bonnie Aarons, with the latter taking on the titular role.

For those seeking a departure from demonic nuns and delving into more heartwarming narratives, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3” takes center stage. This beloved franchise returns to theaters this weekend, with the majority of its creative team, including Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and Louis Mandylor, reuniting to bring back the magic of this endearing family saga.

In addition to the cinematic offerings, theaters also present “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” a brand-new coming-of-age romantic drama directed by Aitch Alberto. The film introduces Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales as the titular characters, promising a captivating exploration of youthful discovery and love.

Turning to the small screen, television enthusiasts can look forward to two exciting horror releases to get them in the mood for October. “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon,” the latest spin-off in the gripping zombie franchise, starring Norman Reedus, promises relentless action and suspense. Meanwhile, on Apple TV+, viewers can immerse themselves in the new adaptation of “The Changeling,” based on the 2017 horror novel of the same name. LaKeith Stanfield and Adina Porter lead the cast in this bone-chilling tale of supernatural intrigue.

In conclusion, this weekend offers a diverse array of entertainment options to cater to various tastes. Whether you crave heart-pounding horror, heartwarming family reunions, or the exploration of young love and self-discovery, there is something for everyone. These thrilling titles are sure to keep you engaged and entertained as we inch closer to the Halloween season.

The Nun II

Where to Watch: September 8 in Theaters

Are you afraid of nuns? Well, get ready for some spine-tingling chills when “The Nun II” hits theaters this weekend. This sequel follows the highly successful 2018 film of the same name. “The Nun II” picks up the story four years later, with Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) once again facing the malevolent Valak (Bonnie Aarons), the wicked titular nun. The new installment takes place in a French boarding school, offering a fresh and eerie setting.

While “The Nun II” brings a new location into the mix, fans can still expect the familiar scares that the franchise is known for. Director Michael Chaves, known for his work on “The Curse of La Llorona” and “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” returns to helm the film, promising a tension-filled horror experience. With Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, and Anna Popplewell, known for her role in the 2000s “Narnia” movies, rounding out the cast, it’s shaping up to be a nostalgic yet terrifying journey.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3

Where to Watch: September 8 in Theaters

Ready for more Greek weddings? Get set for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3,” hitting screens this weekend to conclude Nia Vardalos’ epic trilogy. This third installment follows the Portokalos family as they embark on a journey to Greece for a family reunion following the passing of Gus, Toula’s (Vardalos) father. The film is a delightful addition to the late summer movie lineup, featuring picturesque locations and plenty of hearty laughs. With a pleasant runtime of just 92 minutes, it’s a quick and enjoyable watch. While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel for the series, it’s unlikely that fans will leave disappointed.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Where to Watch: September 8 in Theaters

If you’re not up for the spine-tingling scares of “The Nun II” and prefer something gentler, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is the perfect choice. This coming-of-age romantic drama, adapted from Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s 2012 novel of the same name, transports us to 1987 El Paso, Texas, where two Mexican-American teenage boys find love. Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales take on the roles of the titular characters, supported by a talented cast including Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez, and Verónica Falcón. The film is skillfully directed by Aitch Alberto.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon

Where to Watch: Episodes air weekly on AMC

If you’re still hungry for more “Walking Dead” content, even after the original series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” “Tales of the Walking Dead,” and “The Walking Dead: Dead City,” you’re in luck. The “Dead” franchise is returning with its grittiest installment yet, “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.” Norman Reedus reprises his role as the titular character, Daryl Dixon, who awakens in France, embarks on a quest to unravel the mystery of his presence there, and strives to find his way back home. This marks the sixth addition to the “Walking Dead” universe, so it’s understandable if you’re not expecting groundbreaking innovations in the series’ formula. Nevertheless, with Reedus returning as the beloved Daryl, it’s bound to offer an enjoyable experience for fans. “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” is brought to life by creator David Zabel and features a talented cast including Clémence Poésy, Adam Nagaitis, Eriq Ebouaney, and Melissa McBride.

The Changeling

Where to Watch: The first three episodes of season 1 are now available on Apple TV+

Completing your weekend’s horror watch guide is the latest Apple TV+ horror series, “The Changeling.” No, this series isn’t a remake of the classic horror film; it’s actually an adaptation of Victor LaValle’s 2017 horror novel of the same name. In this series and novel, we follow Apollo Kagwa (LaKeith Stanfield) as he embarks on a search for his wife, Lillian (Porter), who commits a horrifying act following the birth of their first child. Based on the trailer alone, the series exudes the eerie ambiance reminiscent of Stephen King’s lighter horror works, and that’s certainly a compliment. The series boasts a captivating atmosphere, and with Stanfield’s involvement, it appears we may have something truly exceptional in our hands with this show. “The Changeling” is brought to television by creator Kelly Marcel and features a cast including Clark Backo and Samuel T. Herring.

Collider’s Emily Bernard found the series to start off strongly, noting, “Though not every plot point gets the payoff (or answers) it deserves, ‘The Changeling’ is an engrossing and unnerving adaptation, as well as a welcome addition to the genre.”

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