Weekend Entertainment: 13 Movies to Watch in Your Spare Time

Looking for interesting movies to watch this weekend? Well, we’ve got you covered. Our friends from Reddit just shared their favorite films they watched recently, which you should watch for a wonderful movie marathon!

1. Asteroid City (2023)

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One user commented, “This was a delight. Its different and creative narrative structure felt so sublime.”

A second person replied, “Best Wes to me. I was literally crying tears of laughter when the alien showed up. The dream scene is one of the best things Wes has ever shot. Everyone nailed their performance, whether they had one line or ten. 

“Lots of little details I didn’t notice until the second watch. The score is really good, too.

Finally, the third person replied, “Asteroid City went right over my head. And I’m totally its intended audience. White artsy 30-year-old male. Very frustrated by it.”

2. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

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Somebody just shared their detailed analysis of the film and what makes it great to watch, “A film with a simple premise—the end of a friendship—develops and ends with parallels and allegories to the Irish Civil War, loneliness, hypocrisy, and nihilism. …

“… The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) is set in 1923, during the Irish Civil War (1922-1923), which serves as a backdrop to the drama. … Which can be classified as subtle or direct, depending on the viewer’s knowledge of the Irish Civil War and the signs it left behind. 

“… Inisherin is in fact a place that is virtually isolated from everything and everyone. This fictional island… where the action takes place, ends up contributing to the isolation of the population. This, in turn, ends up contributing to the hypocrisy portrayed by some characters. Furthermore, the landscapes, despite the simple (but beautiful) cinematography, give the viewer a mixture of fantasy and isolationism. …

“Returning to what started the story, the film portrays the end of a friendship and the resulting consequences. On the one hand, we have Pádraic, described by many as one of the island’s ‘fools’, who enjoys his life as it is, living in the present and always trying to be a good person, something that the islanders repeatedly suggest is one of his characteristics (along with being a fool!).

On the other hand, there is Colm, the person who has decided to end the friendship, without being able to explain the exact reason, although he gives one to Pádraic, who does not accept it and gradually begins to doubt his intelligence and sympathy. … It is easy to see that this is a case of depression and existential crisis, with a touch of hypocrisy thrown in. … Another key scene … takes place when Pádraic, already drunk, decides to confront Colm. This scene culminates in the line ‘No one ever remembers the people who were nice’, followed by a cut that disproves that statement.

“After a good chunk … in which I apparently only see faults in Colm and virtues in Pádraic, it’s time to turn the tables. What makes a person good or kind? How do we know when a person is wearing a ‘mask’? Colm, in his artistic crisis, takes Pádraic down with him, and despite several attempts to mend the friendship, Pádraic is eventually dragged down to a lower level, with consequences for the relationship between Pádraic and Colm, and for other inhabitants of the island…

“The film ends with the two of them reminiscing about the path they each took during the film, a path that left wounds that will never fully heal, even with time: an analogy to the scars of the Irish Civil War.

“To conclude, The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) is one of the best films of 2022, with dark humor and witty dialogue, while knowing when to let the action breathe, and great performances from the trio of Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Barry Keoghan. The film’s enjoyment will be enhanced if the viewer has some knowledge of Irish history, although it is not essential to know the context of the period.”

3. The Truman Show (1998)

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“I’ve been Jim Carrey in non-comedic roles. I recently got Eternal Sunshine and [The] Truman Show on a 4K blu ray. I grew up with Carrey but knew him for his comedy. Both are such great films, with Truman inching out the win. I’m so happy to end it with him leaving and leaving the rest for your imagination. Eternal is such a great look into how people will do anything for love, especially without learning from it. I forgot how great the transition is from him being in love to him crying in his car. It’s powerful,” one Reddit user stated.

The Truman Show is one of the most rewatchable movies of all time IMO,” somebody replied.

“I recently rewatched The Truman Show, and it ages so well. If you’ve watched Black Mirror‘s latest season, you can tell the first episode is inspired by that masterpiece,” the third added.

4. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2022)

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One person stated, “I FINALLY got around to watching this in theaters, and BOY did it not disappoint! I strongly believe this surpasses the first one in every possible way (and Into the Spider-Verse was awesome in and of itself). I nearly died laughing at least 3 times, and the scenes in India and in the college counseling room were specifically hilarious. The way the film balances comedy with serious scenes is amazing.

“The animation is also a massive highlight. All of the different styles from the different universes create unique worlds, but are somehow not too divergent to make characters look out of place when they are not in their home universe. Specifically, the color palette used in Spider-Gwen’s world is breathtaking.

I also just realized this has the same writers as The Lego Movie. Between these first 2 Spider-Verse movies and The Lego Movie, Lord & Miller have consistently written frenetic, action-packed animated movies that retain so much heart that is often lost in such movies, and they have quickly become my favorite writers in the medium. My hype for Beyond the Spider-Verse is insane right now, and I really hope it doesn’t get delayed too far (it will get delayed from March 2024 sadly).”

The second person replied, “Such a great movie, saw it so many times now and can’t say anything bad about it! Will watch it again when it comes out on digital.”

5. Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)

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“It’s a hell of a lot of fun. Pure escapist, enjoyable cinema. Highly entertaining and inventive with a genuinely funny script. I was uplifted at the end. That’s what we all want from movies. More of this, please,” somebody shared.

“I had pretty high expectations for D&D going into it because of the trailers, and I think the film actually exceeded them. Second the ‘Can we get more adventure movies like this’ sentiment,” replied another.

“I’m so happy that we finally have a good Dungeons and Dragons movie,” a third added.

6. The Thing (1982)

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One Reddit user stated, “This movie has been at the very top of my ‘classic movies I still haven’t watched yet’ list for quite a while now, and I’m so glad I got around to it. The first thing that stood out to me was just how well it’s held up in the past 41 years on the horror aspect. The creature designs are legitimately terrifying, the puppetry in it is top notch, and the suspense built well.

“Even though I knew of the ending of the film, I did not know the exact path that it took to get there. Trying to guess which person is the Thing and getting it horribly wrong is such a nice surprise for the audience. There’s one scene in particular where Kurt Russell is testing the blood of all the crewmen, and one person’s blood (who you never suspected) had a violent reaction and gave me one of the biggest jump scares I’ve seen in a horror movie in recent memory.

“By the way, Kurt Russell, while giving a great performance in this, needs to do more horror movies. He’s basically only done this and Bone Tomahawk, which are both great. But yeah, it’s very obvious why this is a horror classic, and is another film to join my favorite genre of ‘group of people trapped in a location with a killer creature’ (but it ain’t beating Alien).”

7. Pompo: The Cinephile (2021)

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“This was a lot of fun and should be inspiring for anybody who’s interested in the process of making a movie. I’d definitely recommend it to all the cinephiles who don’t mind watching anime,” one person shared.

8. Back to the Future (1985)

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Somebody commented, “Wow, I did not expect BTTF to be THAT good when I watched it on Friday night. Of course, I knew it was one of those all-time classics, but I didn’t really understand why until that night. What I loved so much was how hysterically funny it was. That certainly took me by surprise. As soon as I realized how the story was going to unfold when Marty pushed his father out of the way of the car, causing himself to get run over instead, I could see the comedic potential lying ahead, and Zemeckis and the team certainly utilized all of that, so huge credit to them.

“I think that was key to a large part of this movie’s success. I mean, who wouldn’t find someone’s mother falling head over heels for their own SON side-splittingly hilarious? Btw, the special effects in this film, considering it’s an 80’s movie, put CGI to shame. I have legitimately seen worse CGI than this in much newer movies. Additionally, the main cast was great too, there were a few of the others who I would consider ‘replaceable’, but all in all, the cast was decent. Ultimately, this film is a must-watch, regardless of what genre you may prefer. It is way too good to miss out on.”

9. 12 Angry Men (1957)

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One person said, “It’s a movie that involves psychological, ethical, and sociological situations. It also makes you decide, just like the characters. I just watched it, and it is at the top of my rating list.”

The second person replied, “One of my favorite movies. Maybe my favorite. I love movies visibly born as theatrical pieces (The Father with Anthony Hopkins is another great example). If you can tell a compelling story just in one room with a few characters, you’re good.”

10. Past Lives (2023)

Another person in the thread shared their comment on the movie, “A very intimate movie, incredibly real, and since I saw it last Saturday I have not been able to get it out of my mind. It chokes me up just thinking about it, and I’m hurting right now writing this comment.

“Every performance in the movie is phenomenal. Teo Yoo does some of the most incredible acting I’ve ever seen. As does Greta Lee. As does John Magaro. But Teo Yoo is really the standout in the movie. I suck at judging acting in non-English roles, but this performance truly transcended language.

There’s a scene where all 3 characters are in a bar, and it really is one of the greatest scenes in any movie I’ve ever seen. The emotion, the realness, and the framing of it all are incredible. Anyone who saw the movie knows what I’m talking about.

This is probably the best movie I’ve seen, not only in the past year but in the past couple years. It is by far the best romance movie I’ve ever seen. I cannot recommend this movie enough. If it’s playing in a theater near you, you should see it ASAP.”

11. True Lies (1994)

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One person “Was scrolling through Amazon Prime for something mindless to put on in the background when I came across this and realized there was an Arnold movie I hadn’t seen yet. I instantly put it on. This movie is a fantastic action flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously at all. Arnold is simply trying to save his marriage, and then he has to save the world. I found myself watching this background movie instead of doing what I needed to be doing.

“Paxton as a sleazy [used car] salesman was awesome. Jaime Lee Curtis playing the boring housewife then into a smoke show ‘spy’ was very interesting to see. Both Arnolds did their thing, Tom and Schwarzenegger. It was very fun. And as always, James Cameron had amazing stunts in the movie.”

12. The Prestige (2006)

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“Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman along with Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie. Set in 1890s London, it tells the story of two magicians played by Bale and Jackman who used to work together but then began to feud after a tragic loss during a show. After Jackman’s character sees that Bale’s character can do a trick that looks like teleportation, he tries to uncover the secret to see how such a trick can be done.

“I don’t want to spoil the movie, but it is a big mind blown. If you haven’t seen it I recommend you watch it. If a movie about 1890s magicians doesn’t sound like your type of movie, I suggest not letting that hold you back from watching this movie. I’ve already rewatched it once, and I suspect I will do so again many times,” somebody commented.

13. The Outfit (2022)

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“This movie is a twisty drama/crime/mystery film about a cutter (Mark Rylance), which is similar to a tailor, that does a lot of business for a local mob gang. One day, these gangsters come into his shop after a botched run-in with a rival gang. The cutter must find a way to dodge the dangers of these shady characters. I was all the way on board for all the twists and turns that this plot had.

“Mark Rylance was definitely the star of the film. When I saw him in a scene, I was fully captivated. If I had to pick this movie a little, some of the supporting characters don’t keep up with Rylance with their performances. This is a tougher movie to talk about without giving away too much, but I didn’t think this movie was overly predictable like most in the genre are. This is a very underrated film with a comfortable runtime,” commented one user.

How did you find our list of the best movies to watch? Let us know in the comments!

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