Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for Sept. 16–Sept. 22

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for Sept. 16–Sept. 22
Ian Kane
This week, we feature a touching coming-of-age animated film, as well as a superb book-to-film adaptation of a classic Charles Dickens tale.

New Release

‘Goodbye, Don Glees!’

A trio of friends, who call themselves the “Don Glees,” are social outcasts who have formed a tight bond. But when the three set off on their summer vacation and disaster strikes, sparks fly and tensions arise between them. Soon, they realize that they are growing into very different people.

There’s no time more exhilarating yet poignant than the end of youth, and this Japanese anime film illustrates that perfectly. It’s a warm, emotional experience that features lovely animation, good dialogue, and voice talent. Bring tissues.
Animation | Adventure | Drama Release Date: Sept. 14, 2022 (limited) Director: Atsuko Ishizuka Starring: Natsuki Hanae (voice), Yuki Kaji (voice), Ayumu Murase (voice) Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Where to Watch: Theaters Rated: 3.5 stars out of 5

Indie Pick

‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is an orphan from the slums of Mumbai, India. While he earns an honest living, his brother Salim lives a life of crime. Eventually, Jamal gets a shot at making it big by answering questions on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and reuniting with his long-lost love.

This is a briskly paced, deeply moving, romantic, and culturally insightful film about choosing the moral high ground in one’s life, despite enormous setbacks. Just be advised that there is also some violence, so parents beware.

Crime | Drama | Romance Release Date: Dec. 25, 2008 Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla Running Time: 2 hours MPAA Rating: R Where to Watch: Redbox, Vudu, DirecTV Rated: 4 stars out of 5

A Tour de Force Portrayal of a Great English King

‘Henry V’

When Henry V of England (Kenneth Branagh) is slighted by one of the sons of King Charles VI of France, Henry decides to lead his army into war against the French. However, self-doubt plagues the English king during this would-be conquest.

Based on Shakespeare’s play, this compelling tale displays a wide variety of emotions. Each scene is well-crafted and the movie never falls into the trap of melodrama. The final Battle of Agincourt is especially memorable, as are many of the superb performances.

Biography | Drama | History Release Date: Nov. 8, 1989 Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd Running Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Where to Watch: Redbox, Vudu, Hoopla Rated: 4 stars out of 5

An Exquisite Adaptation of a Charles Dickens Tale

‘Great Expectations’ Young and poor Pip (Tony Wager) is invited into a rich home to keep a beautiful girl (Jean Simmons) company. Years later, a mysterious benefactor makes him a gentleman, but he discovers that all is not what it seems.

Watching a Charles Dickens’s tale helmed by one of the greatest directors to take the chair, David Lean, is exquisite. A true must-see, cinematic masterpiece.

Adventure | Drama | Mystery Release Date: May 22, 1947 Director: David Lean Starring: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Approved Where to Watch: HBO Max, Amazon, Apple TV 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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