As families gather to celebrate this holiday weekend, look to the movies to offer a way to spend time together. Here’s what broadcast and cable television stations will play this weekend.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
The late Robin Williams has a comic field day as a disconnected parent who longs to spend time with his children. What better way to get back into the house than to pretend to be a nanny? Sally Field shines in a rare unsympathetic role while Williams is at his comic best.
Friday, March 25, 6:45 p.m., FreFm
Erin Brockovich (2000)
As a strong-willed woman who reinvents herself by helping people in need, Julia Roberts was a popular Oscar winner for a performance that owes much of its success to her costuming. Roberts, well directed by Steven Soderbergh, soars in this made-to-order role.
Friday, March 25, 6 p.m., WE; Saturday, March 26, 10:45 a.m., Sundance
Jurassic Park (1993)
Forget last year’s forgettable reboot. The original contains just the right levels of humor and tension to create a fun roller coaster ride. Steven Spielberg reminds us that, when it comes to using a camera to create suspense, no one is better.
Friday, March 25, 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 26, AMC
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The challenges of making ends meet in a small Welsh village come to life in this touching drama about the strength of the human spirit. Maureen O’Hara and Walter Pidgeon touch our hearts as people determined to make sure their village will stand the tests of the time.
Saturday, March 26, 11:20 a.m., FXM
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Back in the 1960s, Hollywood loved to make lavish costume dramas about the ups and downs of the British monarchy. In this talky adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s play, Richard Burton portrays a romantic Henry VIII who only has eyes for Anne Boleyn. For now.
Saturday, March 26, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies
Dick Tracy (1990)
Master moviemaker Warren Beatty brings this comic strip to the screen in a vivid entertainment filled with twists and turns, a rich slate of exaggerated supporting characters (headed by Al Pacino) and delightful music from Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim.
Saturday, March 26, 2:05 p.m., Flix
The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
Back when movies played Radio City Music Hall, this musical telling of Cinderella was one of the last to be shown on that big screen. Richard Chamberlain stars as Prince Charming in a musical written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman of Mary Poppins fame.
Saturday, March 26, 2:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
The Ten Commandments (1956)
With all the precision of a military campaign, director Cecil B. DeMille pulls out the stops in this lavish telling of an essential story of the season. No one except Charlton Heston could part the seas in a movie that lacks subtlety as it brims with sincerity. And everyone is in it.
Saturday, March 26, 7 p.m., ABC
Superman The Movie (1978)
Anyone who remembers the television series of the 1950s may wonder what the spectacle is about. But Richard Donner saw this as a big movie. And, with Christopher Reeve in the lead, the director insists on exaggerating every moment. It’s a lot of overdone fun.
Sunday, March 27, 6 p.m., SyFy
Enjoy the movies!