The best shows and movies to stream over Presidents’ Day weekend

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  • If you live in a place that requires you to wear massive puffy coats and warm hats adorned with colorful poofs, finding weekend plans that don’t force you to leave the comfort of your home is a must.
  • There’s an endless supply of streaming entertainment to take advantage of on a cozy weekend in. If you don’t currently have any streaming subscriptions, you can try free trials of services like ESPN+, Hulu with Live TV, and Amazon Prime Video.
  • To make it easier for you, here are some suggestions for what you should watch this weekend from the world of sports, television, and movies.

We are currently living in the age of prestige television, but this proliferation of high-quality programming can sometimes feel like more of a curse than a blessing.

With the massive selection of options available on streaming services, it can seem impossible to pin down what you actually want to watch. This includes live sports, original programming, critically-acclaimed movies, and essential documentaries.

Each week it seems like there’s a trendy new show or movie that dominates social media, only to be quickly usurped by the next series or film that captivates the cultural zeitgeist. To help you make sense of it all, we put together some suggestions that will narrow down the options so you can spend time actually watching something instead of scrolling endlessly through a sea of trailers and hastily written show descriptions.


What sports to watch this weekend

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NBA All Star Weekend: Airing on TNT, can be streamed via Hulu with Live TV

The biggest sports event of the weekend is also the most meaningless. The 2019 NBA All Star Game is taking place in Charlotte this year, and there are some noteworthy names involved throughout the weekend. The King’s reign is still intact, as Lebron James and budding superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo successfully drafted their All Star teams last Thursday. While the game itself, which airs on Sunday night, isn’t really worth your time, Saturday night’s festivities should be entertaining. Slovenian rookie sensation Luka Dončić headlines the skills competition, while his Dallas teammate and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki takes on the NBA’s best shooters in the three-point contest. Finally, for the third year in a row, a new dunk champion will be crowned, as last year’s champ, Donovan Mitchell, is not participating.

Best weekend college basketball matchups:

  1. #1 Tennessee vs #5 Kentucky: Airing Saturday February 16 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
    • Top five matchups don’t happen often before March in college basketball, so don’t miss your chance to see two of the best teams in the country battle for SEC dominance. Admiral Schofield leads the Volunteers into one of the most storied arenas in college basketball as they face off against John Calipari and his revolving roster of Wildcats.
  2. #6 Michigan vs #24 Maryland: Airing Saturday February 16 at 12 p.m. on on Fox, can be streamed on Hulu with Live TV
    • Super Tuesday went in opposite directions for these two teams. Maryland pulled off an upset win against one of the Big Ten’s best, Purdue, while Michigan, whose head coach John Beilein was ejected from a game for the first time in 39 years, lost to Penn State, the Big Ten’s last place team. Michigan hopes to bounce back to their early season heights with a big win against Maryland while the Terrapins hope to continue their streak of knocking off the top teams in the conference.
  3. #2 Duke vs NC State: Airing Saturday February 16 at 6 p.m. on ESPN

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What to watch on HBO this weekend

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What TV to watch on HBO:

HBO has some of the best original programming available, and you can add HBO content to your Hulu subscription for an additional $14.99 a month. It’s definitely worth trying out the HBO free trial this weekend.

On Sunday night, the hilarious John Oliver returns to his award-winning informational comedy, “Last Week Tonight.” Another great option for Sunday night is the penultimate episode of HBO’s third season of the crime drama “True Detective.” This season, academy award winner Mahershala Ali’s powerhouse performance is split across three timelines, as he tries to solve a case of missing children in rural Arkansas. Ali masterfully adds to the mystery of the story through the three distinct portrayals of the same character across a 35-year time span.

What movies to watch on HBO:

If you’re looking to laugh, HBO will be airing “Deadpool 2” (the Super Duper Cut Unrated Version) starting February 16. Ryan Reynold’s raucous performance as Wade Wilson is not for the faint of heart, especially the unrated version airing on the platform. As they like to say, viewer discretion is advised.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, warm your heart with “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” the recent documentary profiling American icon Mr. Rogers. The film is a little lengthy, but will undoubtedly require you to stock a box of Kleenex at your side.

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What to watch on Amazon Prime Video

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What movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video:

It’s officially Oscars season, meaning you need to prepare for your Academy Awards betting ballot by watching as many of the movies as possible. Amazon Prime Video has many of this year’s nominated films available to rent or buy on their service.

Spike Lee is hoping to capture his first Oscar win with the movie “BlacKkKlansmen,” starring John David Washington and Adam Driver as policemen who infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan. The film mixes moments of weighty reflection on race in America with hilarious comedic interplay between Washington and Driver. You can rent the movie for $5.99 on the Prime Video platform. The movie was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Music Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing.

If you are looking for something lighter to watch with the family this weekend, Amazon Prime Video is offering movies like “Black Panther” or “Incredibles 2,” available to rent for $3.99. “Black Panther” was one of the biggest movies of the year, and is nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, and Best Sound Editing at this years Oscars. “Incredibles 2,” the sequel to the 2004 legendary Pixar animated epic, is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.

Finally, if you want an informational and inspiring true story, “RBG” is available to rent for $4.99 on the platform. This film documents the incredible life and career of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as she smashes countless glass ceilings in the legal world, inspiring women everywhere. Beyond her unmatched accomplishments in the legal realm, my favorite part of the film was when when we were given a sneak peak of the 85-year-old’s current workout routine, emphasized by her “Super-Diva” workout gear.

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