Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch

TIMEJanuary 7, 2022

New Release

‘American Underdog’

This film tells the real-life success story of Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi), who faced almost insurmountable odds to realize his dreams as a sports star—and so much more.

This is super-inspiring, cinematic soul food. It shows that ordinary people can make extraordinary decisions that have profound implications for not only themselves but also those around them. It also unabashedly keeps faith, family, and tradition at the forefront, which is why this film is so wholesome and refreshing. It is much more compelling than any superhero film.

Biography | Drama | Sport
Release Date: Dec. 25, 2021
Director: Andrew Irwin, Jon Irwin
Starring: Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, Hayden Zaller
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: Theaters
Rated: 5 out of 5 stars


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Indie TV Series Pick

‘A Place Called Hollywood’

When young actor Charlie Law (Kristos Andrews) moves from the Midwest to Los Angeles to seek fame and fortune, he isn’t prepared for the various trials and tribulations he will face. As he navigates the tricky waters, he meets various denizens—some good, some not so good.

With fantastic directing and acting performances, this series deftly encapsulates what creative hopefuls go through when they follow their dreams to LA. Overall, it carries a message about never compromising one’s principles for a chance at “making it big.”

TV Mini-Series | Drama
Release Date: May 4, 2019
Director: Gregori Martin
Starring: Meg Foster, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Lisa Wilcox
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes (total)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
Rated: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars


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Uplifting Sports Drama

‘Peaceful Warrior’ 

Dan (Scott Mechlowicz) is a skilled yet arrogant gymnast who seems bound for the Olympic team. However, a tragic accident seemingly ends his lofty dreams of greatness. Grief-stricken and with hopes fading, Dan meets a mysterious stranger who begins to teach him some valuable and humbling lessons about life.

In an age of senselessly violent drivel and woke debris, this is a refreshing and uplifting film that should inspire all but the most jaded. It not only entertains, but also dispenses both wisdom and hope.

Drama | Romance | Sport
Release Date: June 23, 2006
Director: Victor Salva
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart
Running Time: 2 hours
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Where to Watch: Redbox, DirectTV, Vudu
Rated: 4 out of 5 stars


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Classic Mystery and Suspense

‘The Maltese Falcon’ 

Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) is a private detective tasked with finding an invaluable relic. His quest takes him on a dangerous ride through the murky underworld of San Francisco.

With numerous twists and turns, this intriguing mystery features Bogart at his best, along with an ensemble of other great actors. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest whodunits ever made.

Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
Release Date: Oct. 18, 1941
Director: John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Where to Watch: HBO Max, DirectTV, Redbox
Rated: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Ian Kane
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. You can check out his health blog at