Better each time: Movies to return to

Some movies get better with each viewing. Several “reheatable” movies are showing this weekend on broadcast and cable television. Check out these listings.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

As children we never forget the first time we question the world in which we live. This Oscar-winning adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel takes us to a small town in a South where a girl named Scout and her best friend have the world at their hands. But their realities quickly change when a black man is accused of rape, Scout’s lawyer father comes to his defense, and Scout sees how people act when their hatred rules how they choose to treat others. Gregory Peck was named Best Actor for this magical film that writes the book on how to adapt a novel for the screen.

Saturday, May 29, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Friday Night Lights (2004)

Few experiences bring people together like the love for a sports team. For town in West Texas, football becomes a way for those divided to unite, and those feeling helpless to experience hope. Even if a football team’s victory is short lasting, and the glow of the moment quickly fades to the realities of tomorrow, the chance to bask in the light on a Friday night can intoxicate. Based on a book by James Baskin, the film is smart enough to focus on the drama of the sport without getting trapped by the details. And Billy Bob Thornton is pitch-perfect.

Friday, May 29, 9 p.m., CMT

Sneakers (1992)

The great Robert Redford shines in this entertaining thriller about a collection of eccentrics who think of ways to outsmart business and governments. Written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also gave us Field of Dreams, the film plays with our movie memories of all the exaggerated schemes that are just right for the screen. Redford is smart enough an actor to play along with the game while he lets us know, wink wink, that he knows what is reel versus real. Sidney Poitier and Dan Akyroyd are in on the fun, too.

Saturday, May 30, 1245 p.m., Sundance

Jurassic Park (1993)

As we wait for Jurassic World to open this summer, a return visit to the original thriller reminds us how effectively Steven Spielberg delivers the chills. As he did with Jaws, Spielberg uses his power of movie suggestion to define the threat long before we actually see what we should fear. He also gives his characters enough time to develop so that, when their lives are threatened by the monsters, we root for them to overcome the odds. With the late Richard Attenborough as a most likable amusement park developer.

Saturday, May 30, 5 p.m., AMC

Thunderball (1965)

The young Sean Connery lights the screen as James Bond in the best of his early films from the books by Ian Fleming. The actor knows which buttons to push as he essays an entertaining story about nuclear warheads. But we don’t watch Bond for the logic of the plots. We come back time and time again for the ingenuity of the gadgets, the expanse of the settings and the intricacy of the narratives. Connery hits all the right tones as a man who knows his job, loves his work and refuses to take it all too seriously.

Saturday, May 30, 11 p.m., Syfy

Steel Magnolias (1989)

While Sally Field’s remarkable career includes two Oscars – for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart her most endearing performance may be in this screen adaptation of Robert Harling’s stage play. As a gentle but determined mother, who will do anything for the daughter she loves, Field grounds the film with compassion, commitment and support. She enables us to savor the exaggerated charcters who surround her in a most appealing town in Lousisiana.

Sunday, May 31, 12 noon, CMT

Top Hat (1935)

In 10 musical movies in the 1930s and 1940s, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made it look easy to glide across the screen while using dance to express their feelings. While Astaire’s appealing sense of the debonair decorated their films with class, Rogers’ comic sense and natural warmth grounded the narratives. And, because Astaire and Rogers create such authentic characters, we love how they communicate when they dance. Many consider this the best of their movies with its fun, humor and beautiful dance sequences.

Sunday, May 31, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Early in her remarkable screen career, Elizabeth Taylor was known more for her beauty than for her talent. Then she created this indelible portrait of a wealthy woman with limitless compassion in this film version of An American Tragedy. Audiences immediately realized that Taylor could deliver more on screen than remarkable beauty; she brought a real capacity to make people smile and cry. The actress continued to develop throughout the 1950s before winning two Oscars in the 1960s. This is one of her best performances.

Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Morning Glory (2010)

The great Diane Keaton can play anything on screen with command, confidence and a grand sense of humor. The actress has a field day as a television news personality in this entertaining comedy costarring Harrison Ford. While Rachel McAdams gets the billing and the screen time as a producer who tries to revive a worn-out morning talk show, Keaton walks away with the film in a performance that captures the magic she brings to the screen. No matter the size of the role, or the quality of film, Keaton delivers the essence of a great screen star.

Saturday, May 30, 5:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Oxygn

Sharing movies can be as easy as turning on the television or going online. And, when you watch as a family, take the time to chat about what you’re seeing. That makes it even more fun.