Halloween with Poltergeist?
Thanks to broadcast and standard cable stations, there’s no need to rely on premium channels to share movies with your family. Take a look at what’s showing this weekend.
What a fun way to celebrate Halloween! This creepy tale – written and packaged by Steven Spielberg – introduces us to a typical suburban family that lives in a most unusual neighborhood. The chills are real and the thrills are many as they try to figure out why ghosts haunt their house. And once they learn what’s going on (and why it’s happening) the fun really begins.
Friday, October 30, 8:30 p.m., ABC Family
Air Force One (1997)
While we look forward to Harrison Ford’s return to the role of Hans Solo in the new Star Wars film this Christmas, we can relish one of his stronger performances as an accessible action hero. As the President of the United States, Ford demonstrates why he’s a good leader and a tough guy at the same time as he tries to save his favorite airplane from the bad deeds of an angry enemy. Oh, how that Cold War contributes to movie plots.
Friday, October 30, 8 p.m., TV Lane
The Exorcist (1973)
The ever-credible Ellen Burstyn brings a strong sense of character to this thrilling tale of a young girl who appears possessed by a most unusual spirit. Burstyn grounds the film with her performance as an actress who simply wants the best for her daughter. While Mercedes McCambridge got a lot of attention for her voice-over work and Linda Blair for the shocking things she says, it’s Burstyn who makes the film worth watching.
Saturday, October 31, 10:30 a.m., BBC; Sunday, November 1, 3:30 p.m., FX
Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
The legendary Ingrid Bergman offers a complex portrayal of a British woman who devotes her life to serving as a missionary in China. Although the movie is too long, and moves at a slow pace, Bergman radiates her trademark sincerity and warmth as a woman who knows she is trying to do the impossible and refuses to conform to what others expect. The role and the actress form a most ideal union in a film that relies on its star from start to finish.
Saturday, October 31, 10:10 a.m., FXM
I Want to Live (1958)
Susan Hayward won a well-deserved Oscar for her striking creation of a woman who fights her destiny on death row. Director Robert Wise – long before he tried to solve a problem called Maria – uses a semi-documentary approach to trace the evolution of a good-time girl who becomes the target of a murder trial. And, when she is convicted, Wise begins a detailed indictment of the process and purpose of capital punishment.
Sunday, November 1, 3:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Sharing movies can be as easy as turning on the television or going online. And, when you watch as a family, take the time to chat about what you’re seeing. That makes it even more fun.