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You Need to Check Out Haim, 'A Ghost Story,' and More This Weekend

Gritty documentaries, Canadian indie rock reunions, and a little bit of lighthearted TV, too.
July 7, 2017, 7:45pm

Haim, Something to Tell You

It feels like forever ago that Haim's instant classic debut Days Are Gone dropped—but it's only been four years. Still, time flies, right? Maybe we've felt their absence because that the Los Angeles trio make the kind of music that you want to hear all the time, constantly. So it's a blessing that they're back with their second album, Something to Tell You, and if you are into what they do, then you know what you're getting here: cool-handed precision, indelible earworms, and a stronger whiff of vintage Fleetwood Mac than if you stuck your nose up John McVie's ass. Good stuff. -- Larry Fitzmaurice, Senior Culture Editor, Digital

Broken Social Scene, Hug of Thunder

They're baaaaaack. The Canadian indie rock supergroup's first album in seven years finds them more or less picking up right where they left off—more guitars, more anthems, and more emotions than you could fit in a bowl of poutine. (Sorry.) Hug of Thunder sounds exactly just like what the title sounds: big, warm, and loud. If you spent your teens listening to You Forgot It in People (present and accounted for), grab the Kleenex and a case of cold beer and get ready to use plenty of both, baby. -- LF

Younger

As TV Land continues its ongoing struggle to fully define itself as a network, Younger remains the channel's strongest—and most consistent—show. I was lukewarm on it when it first premiered, especially considering its premise: Liza (Sutton Foster) is a 40-year-old mother who decides to kickstart a publishing career but, in order to do so, has to lie about her age and pretend to be 26. It sounds ridiculous, but it has actually become a great (and occasionally filthy!) comedy about being a woman, female friendship, and navigating relationships while living a double life. Foster is so wonderful that Younger almost makes up for the cancelation of Bunheads, and co-stars Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella, and Debi Mazar all round out the cast with solid performances. It's a great, light-hearted binge-watch with enough surprising twists to keep the premise going into its fourth season, which premiered last week. -- Pilot Viruet, Associate Culture Editor

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Gonna level with you folks: the last Spider-Man film series—The Amazing Spider-Man, specifically—was garbage. Just plain awful. Even Andrew Garfield (a good actor!) couldn't save the second 21st-century iteration of the web-slinger's filmic exploits from entering total tedium. Luckily, the buzz around Spider-Man: Homecoming—the first film intended to kick off a new era of Spidey—is strong, highlighting the film's comedic elements and general good-natured vibes. A superhero movie that's actually fun to watch? Who ever heard of such a thing? -- LF

A Ghost Story

In the first 15 minutes of A Ghost Story, the main character C (Casey Affleck) dies. Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler—after all, if you've seen a shred of the marketing around David Lowery's weird, wonderful film, you know that his character spends the majority of the film as a ghost, under a spooky sheet. And A Ghost Story isn't so much about death itself but how it feels to miss something—a person, sure, but a home, too, or a place you were once familiar with and has since become a faded memory. It's a beautiful and at-times funny meditation on our own cosmic search for a place to belong, and even if you find yourself bewildered throughout the film (and you probably will), the journey is worth taking—and the film's conclusion, an elegant slice of finiteness, is undeniably satisfying and soul-nourishing. Read my interview with David Lowery here. -- LF

City of Ghosts

Matthew Heineman's last documentary, 2015's Cartel Land, was a goddamn Oscar nominee—and for good reason, as its deep dive into the drug wars that plague the US-Mexican border was as unflinching as it was totally fascinating. So a new documentary from him is an event by any measure, and City of Ghosts—which focuses on daily life under the reign of terror that is ISIS—promises to be as essential as its predecessor. Read our interview with Heineman here. -- LF