Watch List Weekly Recap 3/25/22

Time-traveling husbands, universe-hopping heroines, and Oscar predictions -- it's been a busy week.

Watch List Weekly Recap 3/25/22

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Monday saw a new podcast, the third of four discussions with Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein about romance movies — the good, the bad, and the weird. The topic this week was “magic romances” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (2009, below) which definitely qualifies as one of the weird ones.

The Watchcast: "The Time Traveler's Wife"
Listen now (35 min) | For the third of our podcast chats on romcoms, rom-drams, and the verities of watching other people fall in love onscreen, Meredith Goldstein and I address the weird, addictive nature of “magic romance” movies — those heart-tuggers that rely on a supernatural twist often having to do …

Sunday is Oscar night, and if the telecast seems potentially headed for a train wreck, the nominated movies are pretty good at least. An annual Boston Globe tradition comes to the Watch List: My predictions in each category along with some larger musings about the state of the Academy.

Oscar Predictions (and Assorted Grumblings) 2022 Edition
Note: As is standard for my yearly Oscar run-up, this is a lengthy post. If your email truncates it, click on the headline above to read the full version online.

Two new movies arrive in theaters today. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a heartfelt tour de force of imagination courtesy of the directing duo known as Daniels and built with love around star Michelle Yeoh. “The Lost City” is a watchable,  predictable rehash of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and" “Romancing the Stone” that stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.

New Release Friday: "Everything Everywhere All at Once"/"The Lost City"
The Nut Graf: “Everything Everywhere All At Once” (in theaters, ***1/2 out of ****) is a delightfully insane love letter to parallel universes, second chances, and Michelle Yeoh. “The Lost City” (in theaters, ** stars out of ****) is a microwave burrito of a movie: You’ll eat it while wondering why. Also: Two good Boston film festivals for the weekend.

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