Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for May 17–23

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for May 17–23
Ian Kane
This week, we feature the escapades of a famously pampered orange feline and a riveting 1950s’ prison-break drama, set during World War II.

New Release

‘The Garfield Movie’

Housecat Garfield (Chris Pratt) has a surprising encounter with its long-lost father, streetwise alley cat Vic (Samuel L. Jackson). The spoiled cat and dog friend Odie (Harvey Guillén) are whisked away from their cozy lives to a perilous adventure, revealing insights into Garfield’s past.

While the animation is remarkably fluid and there are many laughs to be had, the film also delves into deeper themes such as abandonment, adoption, family dynamics, and forgiveness. It’s a heartwarming movie suitable for the whole family.

Animation | Adventure | Comedy Release Date: May 24, 2024 Director: Mark Dindal Starring: Voiced by Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Where to Watch: Theaters

Family Pick

‘Odd Squad: The Movie’

The very existence of the Odd Squad is threatened with the emergence of a new competitor, Weird Team, led by Weird Tom (Jack McBrayer). As Odd Squad members, including Olympia (Anna Cathcart) and Otis (Isaac Kragten), discover that Weird Team’s tactics are only hiding problems instead of solving them, they reach out to former agents.

The child actors are all endearing in this kids’ movie—sometimes at the expense of how immature their adult rivals are portrayed. Ingenuity, problem-solving, and the value of camaraderie are standout messages in this entertaining film.

Action | Adventure | Comedy Release Date: Aug. 1, 2016 Director: J.J. Johnson Starring: Millie Davis, Olivia Presti, Isaac Kragten Running Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes MPAA Rating: G Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, Vudu Rated: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

A Romcom About Conflicting Perceptions

‘Enough Said’

Single mom Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) crosses paths with Albert (James Gandolfini) at a party and sparks fly between them. After several dates, Eva finds herself growing fond of Albert. But when Eva’s new client begins to criticize her ex-husband, Eva realizes they are talking about the same person—Albert.

Ms. Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini’s delightful chemistry is highlighted through Gandolfini’s endearing self-effacing humor, and their spunky dialogue forms the core of the film’s charm and keeps you engaged.

Comedy | Drama | Romance Release Date: Oct. 11, 2013 Director: Nicole Holofcener Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Where to Watch: Amazon, Apple TV, Vudu Rated: 3 stars out of 5

One of the Greatest Jailbreak Films

‘A Man Escaped’

Faced with the prospect of being executed in a German prison during World War II, prisoner and French Resistance fighter Lt. Fontaine (François Leterrier) devises a daring escape plan.

Set against a minimalist and highly confined backdrop, this phenomenal jailbreak drama intensifies its pervasive sense of angst, while also hinting at a glimmer of hope and freedom.

Drama | Thriller | War Release Date: Aug. 26, 1957 Director: Robert Bresson Starring: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes Not Rated Where to Watch: Amazon, Apple TV, The Criterion Channel Rated: 4 1/2 stars out of 5
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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.