Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for Aug. 19–25

BY Ian Kane TIMEAugust 19, 2022 PRINT

This week, we feature one of the funniest romantic comedies ever, and a classic in which a ballerina must decide between her art and love.

New Release

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‘Fall’

Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) are good friends who enjoy the challenge of rock climbing. To help Becky overcome a rock-climbing tragedy, the pair embark on the most extreme challenge yet. They scale a 2,000-foot-tall abandoned radio tower but soon find themselves stranded.

While the photography gives a real sense of being trapped at a dreadful height, the rapid-fire valley girl dialect makes much of the film’s dialogue unintelligible. For a thrill, however, it offers decent summer entertainment.

Thriller
Release Date:
Aug. 12, 2022
Director:
Scott Mann
Starring:
Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Where to Watch:
Theaters
Rated: 2.5 stars out of 5

Family Pick

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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

In this first adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s immensely popular novels, a young orphan named Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) discovers that he has unique magical powers. At an English boarding school called Hogwarts, he befriends several other young would-be wizards who help him to discover his past.

Without spoiling the story, I’ll say that director Chris Columbus churns out a powerful combination of riveting drama, creativity, and suspense that will leave a lasting impression upon audiences. It’s a must-see film for all ages.

Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Release Date:
Nov. 16, 2001
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris
Running Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: Redbox, Vudu, HBO Max
Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

One of the Best Romantic Comedies

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‘When Harry Met Sally …’

College graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a ride from Chicago to New York and discuss whether men and women can be strictly platonic friends. A decade later, they meet again in a bookstore and their friendship grows. Then sparks fly.

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, you should see this Nora Ephron-Rob Reiner project. Even if you’re not, this superb comedy has great direction, acting, and believable chemistry between its co-stars, as well as a fantastic score.

Comedy | Drama | Romance
Release Date:
July 21, 1989
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Where to Watch: Redbox, DirecTV, Vudu
Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Masterpiece of Filmmaking

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‘The Red Shoes’

When an up-and-coming ballerina begins to fall for a young composer, she must choose to dedicate herself to either her craft or a chance for romance.

Although this film focuses on the lives of a ballerina, a composer, and a genius who manipulates both of them, the sumptuous photography, score, and brilliant acting elevates this romantic drama far beyond a mere soap opera.

Drama | Music | Romance
Release Date:
Oct. 22, 1948
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Not rated
Where to Watch: HBO Max, Kanopy
Rated: 5 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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