Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for July 22–28

BY Ian Kane TIMEJuly 22, 2022 PRINT

This week, we look at a quirky comedy about inept crooks, as well as a sobering documentary about the horrors of the Nazi death camps.

New Release

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‘From Where They Stood’

Nazi prisoners in different death camps risked their lives to snap pictures of their horrible existence, which the world was largely unaware of at the time. Director Christophe Cognet attempts to uncover the stories of the men and women who took those images.

This film contains incredible archival footage—both eye-opening and haunting. Cognet’s uniquely forensic approach creates an almost clinical exposé of the film’s subject matter and serves as a tribute to those who managed to smuggle film canisters out of the camps.

Documentary | Drama | History
Release Date:
July 15, 2022
Director:
Christophe Cognet
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes
Not Rated
Where to Watch:
Theaters
Rated:
4.5 stars out of 5

Indie Pick

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‘Bottle Rocket’

In Wes Anderson’s directorial debut, three friends, Anthony (Luke Wilson), Dignan (Owen Wilson), and Bob (Robert Musgrave), decide to go on a grand crime spree. However, the bumbling burglars soon realize they know zilch about crime.

This mature-themed film isn’t suitable for young kids. However, for adults, there’s plenty of humor and oddball characters (with acting debuts from the Wilson brothers) who are charming in their own ways. The late James Caan appears in the second half of the movie and is an outstanding crime mentor.

Comedy | Crime | Drama
Release Date:
Feb. 21, 1996
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Robert Musgrave
Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Where to Watch: Redbox, DirecTV, HBO Max
Rated: 3 stars out of 5

A Slow-Burn Japanese Epic

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‘Ran’

Elder warlord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) wants to retire and abdicate his domain to his three sons. His youngest son, Saburo (Daisuke Ryu), has a falling out with the others and is banished by Hidetora, but as the other two sons begin scheming against the aging lord, Saburo may be the only one who can save him.

This visually stunning drama is one of the finest examples of Japanese cinema out there. Coupled with a haunting score and brilliant acting performances, this is a must-see film.

Action | Drama | War
Release Date:
June 1, 1985
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu
Running Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Where to Watch: Redbox, DirecTV, Vudu
Rated: 5 stars out of 5

A Western About Mob Rule and Groupthink

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‘The Ox-Bow Incident’

A pair of drifters passing through a small town hear news of a local farmer who was murdered recently. The townsfolk form a posse to catch those responsible and possibly lynch the suspects on the spot.

This is a powerful indictment of the dangers of groupthink and mob violence. It’s also a masterpiece of filmmaking that boasts memorable, surprisingly well-developed characters over its taut running time.

Drama | Western
Release Date:
May 21, 1943
Director: William A. Wellman
Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes
Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Not Rated
Where to Watch: DirecTV, Starz, Vudu
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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