Watch List Weekly Recap 9/30/22

A busy, fizzy discussion on the use and abuse of star ratings in reviews, plus new movies in theaters and on demand.

Watch List Weekly Recap 9/30/22

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Why a picture of “Cats” (above)? It’s the one film in 19 years of reviewing for the Boston Globe that I should have given zero stars to but didn’t. (It got a half-star, and that was kind.) Star ratings are the subject of the midweek posting: Do you like them? Do you need them? Should I replace them with grades, or cartoons, or photos of Bodhi in various stages of critical engagement? Lots of people weighed in; you should, too.

The Faults in My Stars
An old acquaintance and current Watch List subscriber writes: “Has the time come when we can let go of the *** out of **** thing? I love your writing, and I subscribe for your writing. I think the stars are tired … But then I’ve never been a fan of Rotten Tomatoes

For the Weekend Round-Up, I point you to a crowdpleaser in theaters (“Bros,” above), a moody Irish drama on demand (“God’s Creatures”), an intriguing classic-rock documentary on Netflix, and more. Plus, I beat up on “Blonde” some more, because the movie deserves it.

What To Watch, with New Improved ⭐s!
The Nut Graf Returns! Billy Eichner’s “Bros” (in theaters, ⭐⭐⭐) is a rudely funny gay rom-com that begs to be seen with a crowd. Streaming on demand is “God’s Creatures” (⭐⭐1/2), a tautly acted Irish suspense drama. New-to-VOD titles include the antic

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