As you adjust to the days feeling longer, take a look at some movies that make the most of their days and evenings. Here’s what is on this weekend on broadcast and cable television.
The Bourne Identity (1997)
Watching Matt Damon at the Oscars reminded me what a movie icon he has become since Good Will Hunting almost 20 years ago. This franchise role as a mystery man with amazing powers remains a most engaging action hero. Thank goodness another installment is on its way!
Friday, March 18, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 3 p.m., AMC
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Despite its predictable plot and slight characters, this far-fetched romance plays well on screen because of its charming stars. Jennifer Lopez is winning as a hotel maid who surprisingly charms a stuffy politician (Ralph Fiennes). And then it’s only a matter of time.
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m., E
Jerry Maguire (1996)
As annoying as Tom Cruise can be when he tries too hard, the actor can be quite moving when he simply lets himself be. In this romantic comedy from Cameron Crowe, Cruise is warmly engaging as a sports agent who discovers what really matters in life.
Friday, March 18, 9 p.m., POP
Inside Out (2015)
This year’s Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature tells a wondrous tale of a young girl who finds it challenging to adjust to a new home. Without over simplifying the emotions, or exaggerating the reasons, the film finds a perfect tone to explore how disconnection can feel.
Saturday, March 19, 9:12 a.m., Starz
Patriot Games (1992)
Harrison Ford scores as ex-CIA agent Jack Ryan in this taut thriller from the book by Tom Clancy. Ford is the ideal reluctant hero in a story filled with tension, humanity and, actually, moments of humor as an ordinary man tries to navigate extraordinary circumstances.
Saturday, March 19, 12:30 p.m., AMC
Back when Burt Reynolds was a big movie star, he took a gamble to play a serious, secondary role in this detailed adaptation of the James Dickey novel. Reynolds is moving and real as a man trying to come to grips with the rugged environment he explores.
Saturday, March 19, 11:30 a.m., Sundance
The can-be-annoying Tom Cruise is at his menacing best in this Michael Mann thriller about an assassin on the run and the taxi driver he encounters. Jamie Foxx won a well-deserved Oscar nomination as the cabbie who can’t quite figure out what’s really happening.
Saturday, March 19, 12 noon, TNT
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Since Paul Newman may be a distant for some movie goers, take the time to revisit one of his most engaging performance as an outlaw with better intentions than logic. With Robert Redford as the sly side kick, Newman is totally winning in a role that captures his lighter side.
Saturday, March 19, 1:37 p.m., Starz
All the attention that Sylvester Stallone secured at this year Oscars – and his nomination for Creed – brought to mind the first time that Rocky Balboa stepped into the on-screen ring. This simple love story captured the passions of millions some 40 years ago. And it still does.
Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m., Sundance
Enjoy the movies!