Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for July 1–7

BY Ian Kane TIMEJuly 1, 2022 PRINT

This week, we look at one of Jim Carrey’s outrageous comedies, as well as a riveting Western about redemption starring Richard Widmark.

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‘Hot Seat’

IT expert and ex-hacker Orlando Friar (Kevin Dillon) finds a hair-trigger bomb strapped to his desk chair. Then a mysterious voice over the intercom demands Friar steal $1 million digitally or be blown up. Bomb expert Wallace Reed (Mel Gibson) soon arrives on the scene, but will he be able to save the day?

This serviceable thriller has a decent plot, but suffers from a lack of movement since the storyline is about not being able to move—literally. The performances and cinematography somewhat make up for the film’s shortcomings.

Release Date:
July 1, 2022
James Cullen Bressack
Mel Gibson, Shannen Doherty, Kevin Dillon
1 hour, 39 minutes
MPAA Rating:
Where to Watch:
Rated: 2.5 stars out of 5

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‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’

When the Miami Dolphins’ mascot gets kidnapped, Melissa (Courteney Cox) hires pet detective Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) to track down the dolphin before Super Bowl Sunday.

This riotous ’90s comedy is a perfect showcase for Carrey’s comedic talents and his unique brand of charisma—attributes that helped catapult him to international stardom. The film’s slightly dark tone makes it better viewing for older kids. However, it’s still much tamer than more recent comedies, such as 2009’s “The Hangover” or 2011’s “Horrible Bosses.”

Release Date:
Feb. 4, 1994
Director: Tom Shadyac
Starring: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young
Running Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Where to Watch: DirecTV, Redbox, Vudu
Rated: 3 stars out of 5

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Up-and-coming district attorney Aloysius “Al” Francis Reilly (Timothy Hutton) is out to clean up crime. His crusade soon involves corrupt veteran cop Capt. Mike Brennan (Nick Nolte), whose reputation for utter brutality ensures the silence of any witnesses.

This riveting crime thriller is one of celebrated director Sidney Lumet’s most intense films and is filled with many twists and turns. Nolte, in particular, turns in a mesmerizing performance and makes an unlikeable character unforgettable.

Crime | Drama | Thriller
Release Date:
April 27, 1990
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante
Running Time: 2 hour, 12 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Where to Watch: DirecTV, Starz, Apple TV
Rated: 3 stars out of 5

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‘The Last Wagon’

After a wagon train is ambushed by a band of Apaches, the survivors entrust their lives to Comanche Todd (Richard Widmark), despite his wanted status.

Widmark showcases his versatile acting chops in this outstanding 1950’s Western. It’s a riveting tale of selflessness and redemption, with beautiful scenery, a rousing score, and excellent performances by its supporting cast.

Adventure | Drama | Western
Release Date:
Sep. 21, 1956
Director: Delmer Daves
Starring: Richard Widmark, Felicia Farr, Susan Kohner
Running Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime, DirecTV
Rated: 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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