Watch List Weekly Recap 8/25/23

A small-town sleeper, three interesting new films in theaters, a great one on VOD, and a question posed for readers.

Watch List Weekly Recap 8/25/23

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Good Movies 📽

One Good Film: "Diane" (2019)

Ty Burr • Aug 21, 2023

Diane (2019, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐) — It’s always a treat to see a familiar actor used in unfamiliar ways, and in the case of Mary Kay Place (above) – a known face since the soap opera parody “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” in the late 1970s – "Diane” is something more than a treat. It’s a long-overdue validation.

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Good Movies 📽

What to Watch: Late August is Kinda Mid

Ty Burr • Aug 25, 2023

More end of summer dog days in theaters, but I’m willing to take a trawl through some of the curiosities and contenders premiering in theaters this week. I should note, however, that your best viewing bet is probably to stay at home and stream Celine Song’s “Past Lives”(⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐), which is finally available on VOD and which is as of this moment my pick for Best of 2023.

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In between those two posts, I posed the question in a chat thread: When does plot description in a review count as a spoiler, and how do you handle it? It got a good ongoing conversation started, which you are free to join.

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