Watch List Weekly Recap 3/3/23
Last-chance February titles, a new podcast episode celebrates a great heist flick, and one of 2022's best films finally comes to theaters.
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It’s a little late for Re-Cap readers, but on Monday I posted a head’s-up about four films leaving their respective streaming platforms at the end of February. But they’re all still available for the price of a rental on other services, so feel free to check them out. (Above is a climactic scene from 2014’s startling Hungarian drama “White God.”)
It’s Watchcast time again: For the second of my biweekly chats with eminent film critics on the Classics of the New Millennium, Jason Bailey (of The Playlist, the New York Times, and elsewhere) and I go long on Steven Soderbergh’s beautifully crafted and ridiculously enjoyable “Ocean’s 11” (2001). It’s a fun conversation about a fun movie.
For New Release Friday, I celebrate two ⭐⭐⭐⭐ movies about two unusual heroines: Davy Chou’s “Return to Seoul” and Colm Bairéad’s Oscar-nominated “The Quiet Girl.” Plus: reviews of the Oscar-nominated documentary “A House Made of Splinters” (⭐⭐⭐) and Sundance prize-winner “Palm Trees and Power Lines” (⭐⭐⭐), both available on demand.
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Just a general comment. Many if not most of the recommended movies, including those on Criterion, are available through libraries. You may have to wait a bit for the newest ones, but it beats paying for multiple platforms.
Hard Eight -- what a classic! Thanks for the suggestion.