Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for May 24–30

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for May 24–30
Ian Kane
This week, we feature two films involving assumed identities—one, a beloved classic from the 1940s, and the other, a contemporary thriller.

New Release

‘What You Wish For’

Ryan (Nick Stahl), a struggling chef with gambling debts, goes to visit his friend Jack (Brian Groh), who lives on a posh Latin American estate. Jack welcomes Ryan into an extravagant lifestyle. However, when a tragic event transpires, Ryan assumes Jack’s identity, only to also inherit his friend’s unique troubles.

This film is skillfully shot and acted, immersing viewers in a narrative filled with escalating tension and unexpected turns. With its blend of dark humor, suspense, and surprises, it keeps you engaged throughout.

Thriller Release Date: May 31, 2024 Director: Nicholas Tomnay Starring: Nick Stahl, Tamsin Topolski, Randy Vasquez Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes MPAA Rating: Not Rated Where to Watch: Theaters Rated: 3 stars out of 5

Indie Pick

‘Frances Ha’

Frances (Greta Gerwig) navigates New York without a stable apartment or career. Even her relationship with former pal Sophie is deteriorating. However, despite these adverse elements, Frances continues to approach her life with joy and optimism.

This indie film delights with its visuals and soundtrack, exploring the universal themes of youth, love, and ambition. As a mumblecore genre production, it marks the collaborative debut of Ms. Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, capturing the essence of life’s uncertainties and dreams.

Comedy | Drama | Romance Release Date: May 17, 2013 Director: Noah Baumbach Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver Running Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes MPAA Rating: R Where to Watch: Amazon, Netflix, Kanopy Rated: 3 stars out of 5

An Enjoyable Adventure From the ‘90s


In this ‘90s adventure, a group of intrepid souls ventures into the perilous African jungles on a rescue mission. As they search for a missing diamond-hunting team, they encounter a sinister civilization of murderous primates.

From beginning to end, this movie is a thrilling adventure brimming with enough cheesy special effects, unintended humor, and genuinely exciting action scenes to keep viewers entertained. This rollercoaster of a film has duly earned its devoted cult fanbase.

Action | Adventure | Mystery Release Date: June 9, 1995 Director: Frank Marshall Starring: Laura Linney, Tim Curry, Dylan Walsh Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Where to Watch: Amazon, Pluto TV, Vudu Rated: 3 stars out of 5

A Charming Award-winning Romance

‘Here Comes Mr. Jordan’

Boxer Joe Pendleton’s (Robert Montgomery) flight to his next match ends in a crash, prematurely sending his spirit to heaven. An angelic error then lands him in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Celebrated for its comedic brilliance, this timeless classic movie offers both entertainment and substance, blending wholesome comedy with endearing romantic elements.

Comedy | Fantasy | Romance Release Date: Aug. 21, 1941 Director: Alexander Hall Starring: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes Not Rated Where to Watch: Amazon, Vudu, Apple TV Rated: 4 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.