Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for April 8–14

BY Ian Kane TIMEApril 9, 2022 PRINT

This week, we look at a movie and a TV series based on martial arts, and a mystery that confirmed director Alfred Hitchcock’s mastery of filmmaking.

New Release

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Military Vet Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) needs money for his wife’s surgery. He seeks help from his adoptive brother Dan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a criminal who talks him into pulling a bank heist. But things soon take a turn for the worse.

This actioner is a bit too long and mainly consists of Michael Bay’s signature explosions and chase scenes, coupled with gratuitous shots of Gyllenhaal’s over-exaggerated manic expressions. People who dig mindless action with lots of jerky camerawork and choppy jump cuts may like this.

Action | Crime | Drama
Release Date:
April 8, 2022
Michael Bay
Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González
2 hours, 16 minutes
MPAA Rating:
Where to Watch:
Rated: 2 stars out of 5

Family Pick

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‘The Karate Kid’

Teen Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is new to Los Angeles and doesn’t quite fit in. Soon he becomes the target of bullying by vicious black belt karate student Johnny (William Zabka) and his equally vile cohorts. Eventually, a kind and humble karate master (Pat Morita) offers to train Daniel to defend himself against the gang.

One of the greatest underdog movies of all time, it will have you rooting for the protagonist. An incredibly earthy performance by Morita is the icing on the cake for this tale of friendship and honor.

Action | Drama | Family
Release Date:
June 22, 1984
John G. Avildsen
Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
Running Time:
2 hours, 6 minutes
MPAA Rating:
Where to Watch:
Vudu, Redbox, DirecTV
Rated: 4 stars out of 5

Outstanding Multifaceted TV Series

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‘Cobra Kai’

It’s been 30 years since the dramatic showdown between Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Both men are now middle-aged and have taken different paths in life, but unusual circumstances pull them back into each other’s orbits.

Just when you thought “The Karate Kid” couldn’t be topped, this multifaceted TV series comes that’s filled with tense drama, humor, and amazing fight scenes. It also features wholesome messages about friendship and loyalty.

Action | Comedy | Drama
Release Date:
May 2, 2018
Creators: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña
Running Time: 30 minutes
MPAA Rating: TV-14
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime, Netflix
Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

Intriguing Hitchcock Mystery

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Retired detective John Ferguson (James Stewart) becomes obsessed with a married woman: the stunning blond Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak). Her husband has hired Ferguson for an odd task that draws him into a tangled web of intrigue.

Novak is fantastic as a mysterious woman who Stewart’s character can’t quite figure out. It’s an expertly shot, haunting tale with twists and turns.

Mystery | Romance | Thriller
Release Date:
May 22, 1958
Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Running Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: Redbox, DirecTV, Peacock
4 stars out of 5

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.
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