Film & TV

Epoch Watchlist: What to Watch This Week

TIMEDecember 4, 2021

New Release

‘Boiling Point’

Master chef Andy Jones (Stephen Graham) isn’t prepared for the workplace tsunami that washes over his restaurant one evening. Jones becomes a one-man juggling act as he struggles to balance workplace drama with his understaffed crew, personal issues, and other challenges. Eventually, a health inspector decides to pop by for a look around, which complicates things even further.

Enjoy riveting drama, along with outstanding, believable performances, as Jones faces the storm that descends on his posh London restaurant.

Drama | Thriller
Release Date: Nov. 23, 2021
Director: Philip Barantini
Starring: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Where to Watch: Theaters, Vudu, Apple TV
Rated: 3 out of 5

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Family Pick


When failed actor-turned-primary Catholic school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is tasked with putting on the year’s Christmas Nativity play, he teams up with an eccentric teacher’s aide, Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton) by the well-meaning principal.

As Paul’s and his underprivileged students prepare for their showdown with a snooty rival school, a touching story about underdogs emerges. It’s also sprinkled liberally with lots of uproarious comedy and light-hearted dramatic tension as everything leads up to a final climax.

Comedy | Family
Release Date: Nov. 27, 2009
Director: Debbie Isitt
Starring: Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, DirectTV
Rated: 4 out of 5 stars

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A Heartfelt Biopic

‘Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story’

This highly inspirational TV biopic is based on intrepid neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson (Cuba Gooding Jr.). It begins with Ben’s tumultuous upbringing and destitute family life with his mentally ill mother Sonya (Kimberly Elise) and brother Curtis (Tajh Bellow). As the movie progresses, we see how Ben struggled with (and eventually overcame) both his anger issues and learning disabilities to become an exceptional human being, in this very moving portrait of self-discovery.

Biography | Drama
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2009
Director: Thomas Carter
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis
Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Where to Watch: DirectTV, Redbox, Vudu
Rated: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Top Western Epic

‘The Big Country’

When tall, gentlemanly ex-Navy officer James McKay (Gregory Peck) arrives on the Wild West of the American frontier to meet up with his fiancée, Patricia Terrill (Carroll Baker), he has a rough landing. McKay soon becomes embroiled in an ongoing war between two families over cattle watering land.

Packed with lots of bravery and romance, this is an outstanding Western film.

Drama | Romance
Release Date: Aug. 13, 1958
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker
Runtime: 2 hours, 48 minutes
MPAA Rating: Passed
Where to Watch: Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV
Rated: 5 out of 5 stars

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