Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch for May 27–June 2

BY Ian Kane TIMEMay 27, 2022 PRINT

This week, we look at the definitive interpretation of Superman, as well as an enthusiastic remake of the 1950 classic “Father of the Bride.”

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‘Dinner in America’

The misanthropic singer (Kyle Gallner) of a punk band is being pursued by law enforcement and ends up at the home of a young female fan (Hannah Marks). As they travel through the Midwest, romance blossoms between them.

This mean-spirited rom-com is full of unlikeable characters who spout quippy vulgarities, while the few responsible, traditional characters are portrayed as “uncool.” The film tries way too hard to be edgy—its style is irritating, but matches the intentionally obnoxious performances of its main cast. Solid pass.

Comedy | Drama | Music
Release Date: May 27, 2022 (United States)
Director: Adam Rehmeier
Starring: Kyle Gallner, Hannah Marks, Lea Thompson
Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Where to Watch: Theaters
Rated: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Family Pick

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‘Father of the Bride’

In this remake of the original 1950 comedy, Steve Martin stars as George Banks, whose daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is getting married. This prospect triggers panic in George, who’s struggling to come to grips with the fact that his little girl has grown up.

While nothing will ever compare to the original Spencer Tracy version, this film captures a similar vibe (an average American family planning an important event) that makes it very relatable, especially for viewers who’ve gone through the same stressful time.

Comedy | Family | Romance
Release Date:
Dec. 20, 1991
Director: Charles Shyer
Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: Redbox, Vudu, DirecTV
Rated: 3.5 stars out of 5

One of the Greatest Superhero Movies

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After his homeworld is destroyed, Superman (Christopher Reeve) finds a new home on Earth. While working under the secret identity of Clark Kent, he develops a crush on fellow reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), and as Superman, he attempts to thwart the dastardly plans of Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman).

This film may seem tame when compared with today’s more mean-spirited and violent superhero flicks. But its wholesomeness, along with its many positive messages, is part of the magic that sets it apart.

Action | Adventure | Sci-fi
Release Date:
Dec. 15, 1978
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
Running Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: HBO Max, Vudu, Redbox
Rated: 4 stars out of 5

The Sinking of the Titanic

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‘A Night to Remember’ 

Many agree that this exceptional film depicts the most accurate account of the sinking of the largest ocean liner in the world (at the time), the RMS Titanic, after it struck an iceberg in 1912.

Much richer and more factually informative than the 1990s version, this drama is not only emotionally arresting, but it has a sense of realism that almost makes it seem like a documentary.

Drama | History
Release Date:
Dec. 16, 1958
Directors: Roy Ward Baker
Starring: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres
Running Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Not Rated
Where to Watch: Pluto TV, Amazon, Criterion
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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