Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for Aug. 19–25

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for Aug. 19–25
Ian Kane
This week, we feature one of the funniest romantic comedies ever, and a classic in which a ballerina must decide between her art and love.

New Release


Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) are good friends who enjoy the challenge of rock climbing. To help Becky overcome a rock-climbing tragedy, the pair embark on the most extreme challenge yet. They scale a 2,000-foot-tall abandoned radio tower but soon find themselves stranded.

While the photography gives a real sense of being trapped at a dreadful height, the rapid-fire valley girl dialect makes much of the film’s dialogue unintelligible. For a thrill, however, it offers decent summer entertainment.

Thriller Release Date: Aug. 12, 2022 Director: Scott Mann Starring: Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Where to Watch: Theaters Rated: 2.5 stars out of 5

Family Pick

‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

In this first adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s immensely popular novels, a young orphan named Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) discovers that he has unique magical powers. At an English boarding school called Hogwarts, he befriends several other young would-be wizards who help him to discover his past.

Without spoiling the story, I'll say that director Chris Columbus churns out a powerful combination of riveting drama, creativity, and suspense that will leave a lasting impression upon audiences. It’s a must-see film for all ages.

Adventure | Family | Fantasy Release Date: Nov. 16, 2001 Director: Chris Columbus Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris Running Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Where to Watch: Redbox, Vudu, HBO Max Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

One of the Best Romantic Comedies

‘When Harry Met Sally ...’

College graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a ride from Chicago to New York and discuss whether men and women can be strictly platonic friends. A decade later, they meet again in a bookstore and their friendship grows. Then sparks fly.

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, you should see this Nora Ephron-Rob Reiner project. Even if you’re not, this superb comedy has great direction, acting, and believable chemistry between its co-stars, as well as a fantastic score.

Comedy | Drama | Romance Release Date: July 21, 1989 Director: Rob Reiner Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes MPAA Rating: R Where to Watch: Redbox, DirecTV, Vudu Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Masterpiece of Filmmaking

‘The Red Shoes’

When an up-and-coming ballerina begins to fall for a young composer, she must choose to dedicate herself to either her craft or a chance for romance.

Although this film focuses on the lives of a ballerina, a composer, and a genius who manipulates both of them, the sumptuous photography, score, and brilliant acting elevates this romantic drama far beyond a mere soap opera.

Drama | Music | Romance Release Date: Oct. 22, 1948 Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger Starring: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes Not rated Where to Watch: HBO Max, Kanopy Rated: 5 stars out of 5
Ian Kane is an U.S. Army veteran, author, filmmaker, and actor. He is dedicated to the development and production of innovative, thought-provoking, character-driven films and books of the highest quality.
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