Family films for the weekend

As we hopefully say goodbye to cold weather until later this year, the movies offer a warm opportunity to share family time together. Here’s what broadcast and cable television stations will play this weekend.


Back to the Future (1985)

Michael J. Fox plays a high school kid for the ages who travels back in time to meddle in the lives of his sometime-in-the-future parents. This appealing actor is well supported by Christopher Lloyd in a movie that makes us smile no matter how many years have passed.

Friday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 16, 4 p.m., AMC


Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan create real movie magic in this romantic comedy from the great Nora Ephron. With Rosie O’Donnell in an appealing supporting role, the film makes us believe in the possibilities of happy endings in life and the movies.

Friday, April 15, 5:30 p.m., WE; Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m., Sundance


Soapdish (1991)

The delightful Sally Field reminds us what fun she can be in this exaggerated look at the life and drama of a soap opera queen. Field makes the most of every situation in a film that cannot be called subtle. With Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr. and Whoopi Goldberg.

Saturday, April 16, 12:15 p.m., MOMAX


Spartacus (1960)

Last year’s Oscar-nominated film Trumbo highlights the development of this epic drama when star Kirk Douglas dares to hire blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo to write the screenplay. The result is one of the great spectacles in movie memory. A must see.

Saturday, April 16, 12:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


Cheaper By the Dozen (1950)

While Steve Martin suffered through a remake a few years ago, the original still works its magic with Clifton Webb as a father who will do anything to protect his children. The great Myrna Loy is the long-suffering wife who keeps the family in balance.

Saturday, April 16, 6 p.m., E


Legally Blonde (2001)

Reese Witherspoon is a delight as an unconventional law student who brings a sense of style to campus. And a cuddly miniature poodle. If the resolutions of this comedy are too convenient to believe, the sincerity in Witherspoon’s performance makes it all work.

Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m., WE


Camelot (1967)

Even though the film lasts too long – about three hours – and features stars who can’t always hit the notes in the Lerner and Leowe score – the visual experience makes us keep watching. Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave are the charismatic, non-singing stars.

Sunday, April 17, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies (TCM)


The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

The great James Stewart may be too old to recreate Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic but his magnetic performance makes us want to believe every moment. Director Billy Wilder turns what could be a static story into a thrilling film.

Sunday, April 17, 5:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)


Enjoy the movies!