What to Watch on Board in August
Air Canada brings you Marvel’s superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War, the affecting family drama This Is Us, and Steven Spielberg’s legendary summer blockbuster, Jaws.
For Short Flights
TV: Being Serena
(Season 1, episodes 1–5)
HBO’s intimate docuseries offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the private and professional struggles of one of the greatest tennis players of all time. An unprecedented look at Serena Williams’ marriage, pregnancy, new motherhood and business endeavours.
Where to Find It: HBO TV channel
Running Time: 25 minutes per episode
TV: This Is Us
(Season 1, episodes 1–3; Season 2, episodes 1–4)
This critically lauded and much beloved family melodrama follows the lives of Jack and Rebecca Pearson and their three children. Using flashbacks, each episode jumps back and forth between time periods, imbuing the plot’s twists and turns with empathy and humanity.
Where to Find It: Drama TV channel
Running Time: 42 minutes per episode
What to Listen To
Audio: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – Rhapsody in Blue: The Best of George Gershwin
One of Canada’s leading orchestras, conducted here by Roberto Minczuk, pays homage to one of the 20th century’s composing luminaries in this stirring live concert. Piano soloist Stewart Goodyear and company are in fine form on such enduring Gershwin favourites as the title track and “An American in Paris.”
Where to Find It: Classical audio channel
Running Time: 74 minutes
For Longer Flights
Movie: Avengers: Infinity War
Everything in the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to this battle royale. Superheroes from far and wide, including Captain America, the Hulk and Iron Man, team up to try to stop Josh Brolin’s evil and powerful Thanos from destroying the universe.
Where to Find It: New Releases and Action movie channels
Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Running Time: 160 minutes
Cheekily nicknamed “the Notorious RBG” after the late rapper the Notorious B.I.G., Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become one of the most prominent liberal voices of the American justice system since her appointment to the U.S Supreme Court in 1993. This documentary examines her life and her surprising rise as a pop-culture phenomenon.
Where to Find It: Independent and Drama movie channels on international flights only
Running Time: 118 minutes
Movie: La Bolduc
This biopic tells the true story of Mary Travers, known as the eponymous La Bolduc, a Québécoise housewife who became a proto-feminist music sensation during the Great Depression and whose songs, like “Ça va venir, découragez-vous pas” (We’ll get there, don’t despair), spoke directly to her listeners about their own experiences of hardship.
Where to Find It: Drama and Franco movie channels
Running Time: 113 minutes
Monthly Themed Programming: Summer Blockbuster
With his 1975 opus, Steven Spielberg invented the summer blockbuster genre while forever changing viewers’ perception of the open water. In this engagingly frightening film, a giant man-eating shark terrorizes a small oceanside community, prompting a thrilling hunt.
Where to Find It: Drama and Summer Blockbuster movie channels
Running Time: 130 minutes
Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Canadian giants Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis star as a team of ghost exterminators in one of the most iconic comedies of the 1980s. Armed with hi-tech equipment and a fearless attitude, the quartet battles an invasion of ghouls and evil spirits in New York City.
Where to Find It: Action and Summer Blockbuster movie channels
Running Time: 107 minutes