Movie Menu: Choices for the weekend from The Reel Dad

As we near the end of summer, movies offer families a chance to spend time together.

Here’s what broadcast and cable television stations will play this weekend.


Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts.
Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts.

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

For anyone who loves weddings – and Julia Roberts – this comedy about matrimonial sabotage will touch your heart and your funny bone. The spontaneous singing of I Say a Little Prayer at a restaurant remains a comic gem. And Roberts is at her most engaging.

Friday, August 26, 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 27, 1:30 p.m., CMT


The Americanization of Emily (1964)

As Julie Andrews captured the adoration of fans for her star-making performance in Mary Poppins she stunned them with her range in this brilliant and brittle anti-war comedy directed by the late Arthur Hiller. Andrews chills as a woman trying to survive the tragedies of World War II.

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m., Turner Classic Movies


The Thrill of It All (1963)

Doris Day was at the peak of her movie fame when she made this delightful comedy about a woman who becomes an instant television star. James Garner – a year before playing opposite Julie Andrews in Emily – rings true as a man trying to be supportive no matter the pain.

Saturday, August 27, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies


Support Your Local Sheriff (1968)

James Garner, throughout his career in movies and on television, refused to let the success of his work get in the way of the humility of his performances. This fun Western comedy, about a most unlikely man of the law, showcases the charm and timing that define Garner on screen.

Saturday, August 27, 6:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


Any Given Sunday (1999)

Director Oliver Stone – who likes to explore dark conspiracies on film – lightens up with this over-the-top tale of a family’s involvement in professional football. While Al Pacino tries to give the narrative some class, Ann-Margret steals every scene as a woman who likes to drink.

Sunday, August 28, 12:10 p.m., VH1


American Hustle (2013)

Jennifer Lawrence – who loves to surprise each time she acts on screen – plays against type as a woman barely hanging on in this David O. Russell look at a bumbling underworld. Regardless of having limited screen time, Lawrence is the one we remember after the credits.

Sunday, August 28, 5 p.m., FXM


No Country for Old Men (2007)

Joel and Ethan Coen – a few years after creating the ultimate look at revenge and murder in Fargo – return to the same subject matter in this movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel. Javier Bardem won a well-deserved Oscar for playing a most menacing killer.

Sunday, August 28, 5:15 p.m., IFC


You’ve Got Mail (1998)

The lovely Nora Ephron is well remembered for writing such classic comedies as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. While this reunion of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is not Ephron’s best work, it radiates an engaging brand of romantic charm. And Hanks is in top form.

Sunday, August 28, 9 p.m., POP


Enjoy the movies!