TV Movie Menu: Start with Willy Wonka

Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

As we start counting the days to Thanksgiving, we savor the range of movies available this weekend on broadcast television and cable.

Here’s what you can enjoy from the comfort of home!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The late Gene Wilder is unforgettable as a music man with the will, and the candy, to change lives. While misunderstood years ago, the film has become a family classic.

Friday, November 11, 6:30 p.m., FreFM

It’s Complicated (2009)

Meryl Streep is delectable as a woman trying to balance the priorities of work, friends, children, home remodeling and a pushy ex-husband. A fun comedy from Nancy Myers.

Friday, November 11, 8 p.m., E

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

The late James Dean shines in one of his three legendary film portrayals as a teenager trying to figure out how to bridge the generation gap. The actor’s raw talent amazes.

Friday, November 11, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

The Proposal (2009)

Sandra Bullock – the same year she won an Oscar for The Blind Side – walks through a comedy about a woman trying to manage romance. Betty White steals all her scenes.

Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., VH-1

JFK (1991)

Kevin Costner offers an earnest interpretation (with an inconsistent accent) as a disctict attorney fascinated by the Kennedy assassination. Yes, director Oliver Stone has a theory.

Saturday, November 12, 5 p.m.; Sunday, November 13, 1 p.m., Reelz

Notting Hill (1999)

Julia Roberts lights the screen as an actress who falls in love with a book shop owner in a romantic comedy that works on every level. Hugh Grant is magnetic.

Saturday, November 12, 8 p.m., Flix

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Marlon Brando may not be the most natural performer in a musical but he tries. And he can sing. Sort of. Thanks to Frank Sinatra, this movie version of the stage show is still fun.

Sunday, November 13, 11:30 a.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Woman of the Year (1942)

Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy – in their first film together – deliver a master class in comic timing as opposites who manage who discover they are attracted to each other.

Sunday, November 13, 2:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Judy Garland is winning as a woman who finds love in a most unusual place. Van Johnson costars in this musical version of The Shop Around the Corner.

Sunday, November 13, 4:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Aladdin (1992)

The late Robin Williams offers a remarkable vocal performance in this animated classic from the folks at Disney. Williams is in rare form in an audio-only display of comic invention.

Sunday, November 13, 7:50 p.m., FreFM

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