Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for July 29–Aug. 4

BY Ian Kane TIMEJuly 29, 2022 PRINT

This week, we look at a harrowing, real-life tale of an international rescue effort and a Hitchcock classic about a retired debonair thief.

New Release

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Thirteen Lives’

Director Ron Howard’s dramatic film tells the story of Richard Stanton (Viggo Mortensen) and John Volanthen (Colin Farrell), two expert cave divers. The mission of the pair, along with thousands of international volunteers, is to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from an underground cave in Thailand.

Based on a real-life event, the film recreates the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped in incredibly long, narrow, and flooded caverns. It’s a harrowing tale that showcases the strength and compassion of the human spirit.

Biography | Drama | Thriller
Release Date:
July 29, 2022
Ron Howard
Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Viggo Mortensen
2 hours, 27 minutes
MPAA Rating:
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Rated: 4 stars out of 5

Family Pick

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‘National Treasure’

Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is a treasure hunter and amateur cryptographer who learns of a national treasure located somewhere in the United States. But will he be able to find it before a team of cutthroat mercenaries does?

In this quintessential “follow the clues” adventure, we have a thrill-filled Indiana Jones-style film with a peppy pace and entertaining action scenes. With a lot of interesting tidbits of U.S. history along the way, it has just enough twists and turns in its storyline to keep viewers engaged.

Action | Adventure | Mystery
Release Date:
Nov. 19, 2004
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha
Running Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: Amazon, Redbox, DirecTV
Rated: 3 stars out of 5

An Entertaining Adventure

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‘The Three Musketeers’

In 17th-century France, a young country lad, D’Artagnan (Michael York), travels to Paris and joins forces with the three musketeers: Athos (Oliver Reed), Porthos (Frank Finlay), and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain). Political intrigue and corruption ensue, while D’Artagnan falls for beautiful Constance de Bonacieux (Raquel Welch).

A superb adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s classic 1844 novel, this adventure film has a fine ensemble, outstanding cinematography, and plenty of action, comedy, and romance.

Action | Adventure
Release Date:
March 29, 1974
Director: Richard Lester
Starring: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu
Rated: 4 stars out of 5

A Breezy Mystery With a Top-Notch Cast

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‘To Catch a Thief’

John Robie (Cary Grant) is a retired jewel thief living on the French Riviera. After a string of recent thefts in the area seem to copy-cat his methods, he must catch the culprit in order to avoid being blamed.

Under the guidance of Alfred Hitchcock, this light whodunit itself is a gem—with two of the greatest stars at the height of their power (Grant and Grace Kelly).

Mystery | Romance | Thriller
Release Date:
Aug. 5, 1955
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: DirecTV, Epix, Redbox
Rated: 4.5 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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