This Week’s Movie Menu: Goodfellas and more

Who’s starring in movies this weekend?

You may find your favorite stars in the films on television and cable.

Take a look!


Goodfellas is on television this weekend.
Goodfellas is on television this weekend.

Robert DeNiro in Goodfellas

After winning an Oscar for visiting organized crime The Godfather Part II, this fabulous actor returns to the underworld in Martin Scorcese’s fascinating epic. DeNiro is brash, brittle and demanding in a role tailor-made to his unique on screen sensibility.

Friday, July 29, 8 p.m., BBC


Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde

Who can resist the charms of this engaging – if limited – actress in her classic comedy role? Witherspoon delights as a most likely law student who proves herself to be much more of a legal powerhouse than anyone suspects. And her scenes with her puppy are precious.

Friday, July 29, 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 5 p.m., POP


Kevin Kline in Dave

As we watch the reality show called this year’s election campaign, Kevin Kline reminds us how secure we can feel when an authentic voice sits in the Oval office – even if he is an imposter! Sigourney Weaver joins the fun as a driven, and lonely, first lady.

Friday, July 29, 8 p.m., POP


Kevin Costner in Tin Cup

After making baseball a lot of fun in Bull Durham, Kevin Costner applies his patented charm to this humorous tale of an over-the-hill golfer trying to make a comeback. Rene Russo offers strong support as a woman who wants to believe he can still play the game.

Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m., GOLF


Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944)

Movie legend Ingrid Bergman won her first (of three) Oscars for this haunting tale of a woman’s fear of madness. With a young Angela Lansbury as a suspicious observer, Bergman radiates in a role that capitalizes on her unique abilities to reveal the deep layers of a character.

Saturday, July 30, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies


Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Beyond the tabloids that love to report on his life, Brad Pitt reminds us now and then how effective an actor he can be. In this wondrous fantasy about how a man ages, Pitt is charming and touching as a charmed soul who lives his life in reverse. With Cate Blanchett at her most engaging.

Saturday, July 30, 7 p.m., Sundance


Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby in High Society (1956)

While The Philadelphia Story remains one of our favorite comedies – with its splendid turn by Katherine Hepburn – the story works well as a musical in this charmer with a score by Cole Porter. The trio of leads, along with Celeste Holm, make us want to sing a long with the fun.

Sunday, July 31, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

As the Beatles took the world by storm in 1964, director Richard Lester captures the charm and originality of the group in this musical fantasy that seems to invent the music video. The boys have a great time making fun and great music, too.

Sunday, July 31, 6:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


Sylvester Stallone in Rocky (1976)

Never mind how many sequels we have had to endure over the years, the original story of a struggling boxer is an absolute knock out. Years later, it’s marvelous to rediscover how strong Sylvester Stallone can be when he lets the words in the script simply come to life.

Sunday, July 31, 8 p.m., Sundance