Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for May 13–19

BY Ian Kane TIMEMay 13, 2022 PRINT

This week, we include two dramas about returning home to confront issues of the past: one about siblings caring for their father, and the other about a disgraced champion who gets a second chance.

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‘Montana Story’

Cal (Owen Teague) and his sister Erin (Haley Lu Richardson) return to their childhood home—a sprawling ranch in Montana—to tend to their dying father. As the estranged siblings begin to reconnect emotionally, they must also face some disturbing family issues involving their father and painful events of their childhoods.

Although the healing family drama sports some gorgeous scenery of the sumptuous Montanan landscape, as well as some crisp acting by its main cast, the film meanders a bit and could have easily been shorter.

Release Date:
May 13, 2022
Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Haley Lu Richardson, Owen Teague, Gilbert Owuor
1 hour, 53 minutes
MPAA Rating:
Where to Watch:
Rated: 3 stars out of 5

Family Pick

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‘The Last Champion’

John Wright (Cole Hauser) was once a promising Olympic wrestling champion, but threw it all away because of a bad life choice. Years later, he has to return to the hometown he left in disgrace to tend to a relative’s belongings. Will he be able to forgive not only himself, but those he let down?

You don’t have to know about wrestling to appreciate this heartfelt drama that avoids the schmaltz often associated with films such as these. Expertly shot and acted, it’s a rousing film about second chances, grit, community, and redemption.

Drama | Family | Sport
Release Date:
Dec. 8, 2020
Director: Glenn Withrow
Starring: Cole Hauser, Sean H. Scully, Annika Marks
Running Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Where to Watch: PlutoTV, Amazon, Vudu
Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Quest With Fun-Filled Laughs

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‘Time Bandits’ 

Kevin (Craig Warnock), at 11 years old, is suddenly visited by a group of time-traveling dwarfs who have a magical map that allows them to travel through time. But as they take Kevin along on their treasure hunts, they’re pursued by the Evil Genius (David Warner) who’s determined to steal that map.

This fun-filled fantasy, geared toward older kids (and adults), piques the viewers’ curiosity about history as the protagonists jump from one era to the next on their fantastical, rip-roaring quest.

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
Release Date:
Nov. 6, 1981
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese
Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: HBO Max, Vudu, Criterion
Rated: 3 stars out of 5

A Raucous Action-Filled Comedy-Western

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‘North to Alaska’ 

Sam McCord (John Wayne) and the Pratt brothers George (Stewart Granger) and Billy (Fabian) own a gold mine. To celebrate striking it rich, George sends Sam to Seattle to fetch his fiancée, but she has married someone else. Will another gal do?

A departure from Wayne’s usual stoic Western, this action-packed romantic comedy features a fast-moving pace and plenty of laughs.

Comedy | Western | Romance
Release Date:
Nov. 10, 1960
Directors: Henry Hathaway
Starring: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs
Running Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Rating: Approved
Where to Watch: DirecTV, Starz, Redbox
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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