Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for June 3–9

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for June 3–9
Ian Kane
This week, we look at a comedy about a wannabe golfer reaching for his dreams and a coming-of-age family film full of treasure-seeking fun.

New Release

‘The Phantom of the Open’

This is the charming underdog story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), who lives with his wife and kids in Barrow-in-Furness, England. Although he works as a crane operator, he manages to get into the 1976 British Open Golf Championship. The only problem is that he doesn’t have any experience.

This heartwarming tale features outstanding acting performances and a peppy soundtrack that, along with its clever script, is a real crowd-pleaser. It encourages folks to never give up on their dreams, no matter how far-fetched they seem.

Comedy | Drama | Sport Release Date: June 3 (Limited) Director: Craig Roberts Starring: Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins, Ian Porter Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Where to Watch: Theaters Rated: 3.5 stars out of 5

Family Pick

‘The Goonies’

When brothers Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brandon (Josh Brolin) discover that they’re about to lose their homes, they gather their friends together for one last weekend. Little do they know that they’ll all soon embark on an incredible adventure.

This is one of the best coming-of-age family films out there. It’s got everything but the kitchen sink: edge-of-your-seat thrills, lost treasure, strong young male friendships, and now-famous actors when they were kids. However, this one’s for older kids, since the baddies are pretty creepy.

Adventure | Comedy | Family Release Date: June 7, 1985 Director: Richard Donner Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen Running Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Where to Watch: Redbox, Vudu, Tubi Rated: 4 stars out of 5

One of the Greatest Disaster Movies

‘The Poseidon Adventure’ 

While traveling from New York to Greece, an ocean liner called the S.S. Poseidon is struck by a gigantic tidal wave. With the captain dead, a group of survivors, including the fiery Reverend Scott (Gene Hackman), must work together in their attempt to escape certain death.

Even to this day, this film’s special effects are outstanding. With its realistic sets and dizzying cinematography that serves to ratchet up the tension (and the viewer’s nerves), it’s one of the best disaster movies of all time.

Action | Adventure | Drama Release Date: Dec. 13, 1972 Director: Ronald Neame Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters Running Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Where to Watch: Epix, Vudu, Redbox Rated: 4 stars out of 5

1950’s Alien Invasion Film Delivers

‘The War of the Worlds’ 

When a large object crashes in Southern California, scientist Clayton Forrester arrives to investigate. Soon, Martians emerge from the object and the invasion of Earth begins.

Perhaps the quintessential alien invasion film, this is as good as it gets—well-paced, suspenseful, and creepy. Its still-impressive special effects deliver a visual and aural feast for the senses.

Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller Release Date: Aug. 26, 1953 Directors: Byron Haskin Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne Running Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes MPAA Rating: G Where to Watch: Epix, DirecTV, Amazon Rated: 4 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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