With summer in full swing, it’s nice to have a chance to slow down between activities. Check out these films showing this weekend on broadcast and cable television stations.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
LeBron James’ hysterical film debut in Trainwreck – as a professional basketball player devoted to Downton Abbey – brings to mind the Oscar-winning performance by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in this Cameron Crowe comedy about professional sports. With an appealing Tom Cruise as an ambitious sports agent – and a touching Renee Zellweger as the woman who slows him down – Crowe’s film remains a smart look at a world we seldom get to see from the inside.
Friday, July 24, 1 p.m., AMC
Cinderella Liberty (1973)
Before defining her screen persona in movies written by then-husband Neil Simon, Marsha Mason delivers a beautifully modulated portrayal of an angry woman who makes bad choices in this drama opposite James Caan. As charming as Mason could be in the Simon films, her gutsy look at this character’s dark side suggests a level of dramatic range her later performances seldom capture. And her freshness makes us wish she still made movies.
Friday, July 24, 1 p.m., FXM
For anyone who loves the movie Psycho, this behind-the-scenes look at Alfred Hitchcock’s life during its production can be a reel guilty pleasure. While Anthony Hopkins is a bit too much (in exaggerated prosthetic makeup) as the famed director, the reliable Helen Mirren hits all the right notes as his wife and collaborator Alma. Look for Scarlet Johansson who offers a devilish impersonation of Janet Leigh. And the production design (to recreate the Psycho set) is exquisite.
Saturday, July 25, 1:15 p.m.; Sunday, July 26, 11:30 a.m.; FXM
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Of the movies that never needed to be remade, this classic from director Franklin J. Schaffner makes a case for letting the original stand. While Charlton Heston delivers his predictable routine as an astronaut tossed into a strange world, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter bring their ape characters to life despite being hidden by makeup and costume. They are, in fact, more human than the humans. If you are in the mood for apes, skip the remakes, and see this oldie but goodie.
Saturday, July 25, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies
The Fighter (2010)
With Jake Gylenhaal’s upcoming film Southpaw starting to build buzz, take a fresh look at a recent film about the ring that did quite well. Despite a script that, at times, can feel borrowed from other movies, David O. Russell creates an original entertainment thanks to the strong performances from Oscar winners Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. No matter how many boxing movies you see, this one packs a punch. And look for Amy Adams in a striking supporting role.
Saturday, July 25, 3 p.m.; Sunday, July 26, 12 p.m.; FX
Summertime brings out the worst in a collection of characters from a Midwest town in this touching adaptation of the William Inge play. William Holden is at his reliable best as a drifter who wanders into town with Kim Novak offering surprising depth as a young woman he meets. Walking away with the film are Rosalind Russell and Arthur O’Connell as colorful town folks who don’t always know how to welcome strangers.
Saturday, July 25, 6 p.m. Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
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.