Reel Dad’s weekend choices

As we savor the change of seasons, look to the movies to offer families a chance 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, April 22, 5:40 p.m., FreFm


Absolute Power (1997)

Legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood has a jolly time as a master thief who may or may not be taking the high road. While he has a lot of fun, the acting honors go to Judy Davis for her deliciously exaggerated role as White House Chief of Staff. Why isn’t she in House of Cards?

Friday, April 22, 8 p.m., POP


The Harvey Girls (1946)

During the 1940s, Judy Garland ruled the box office as the queen of the movie musical. While this entry – a tune-filled look at how the West may have been won – may pale in comparison to her great films, it entertains by a country mile. And look for Angela Lansbury.

Friday, April 22, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)

For any of us who remember the joys of playing in a high school band, this inspirational look at the positive impact a music teacher can create warms the heart. Richard Dreyfuss won a well-deserved Oscar nomination as an instructor who never forgets his students.

Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m., FXM


Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

The great Jessica Tandy won an Oscar for her classic portrayal of a Southern lady much too proud to permit a man to drive her around town. But, as she soon learns, what this stranger may mean to her has nothing to do with his color or the mode of transportation.

Saturday, April 23, 5 p.m., POP


Patton (1970)

At a time when movies about war seem doomed at the box office – given the nation’s sentiments about the conflict in Viet Nam – director Franklin J. Schaffner proved that when a film works, people follow. Of course having George C. Scott in his Oscar-winning role helps.

Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 24, 12:30 p.m., Sundance


The Fugitive (1993)

While it’s fun to see Julianne Moore and Jane Lynch in cameo roles, the acting honors go to Tommy Lee Jones (who won an Oscar) and Harrison Ford (who should have been nominated) for making us believe in this game of cat and mouse involving a man defending his innocence.

Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m., IFC


Funny Girl (1968)

Now that Barbra Streisand has announced plans to bring her long-planned screen version of Gypsy to the screen, a fresh look at the star’s movie debut reminds us of her power as a musical comedy performer. She is still magic in her Oscar-winning role as Fanny Brice.

Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

Legendary comedienne Lucille Ball scores in this delightful family comedy as a woman with ten children who discovers romance with Henry Fonda, the father of eight. Needless to say, the house gets crowded when the families merge. The laughs are endless in this fun film.

Sunday, April 24, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

Enjoy the movies!