TV Movie Menu: start with The Truman Show
Ready to savor to some movies this summer weekend?
Check out what’s showing on broadcast and standard cable stations.
Have a great time at the movies! At home!
The Truman Show (1998)
As if predicting the impact of reality television, this inventive drama from director Peter Weir dares to imagine a world of entertainment created from real life. Or is it? Jim Carrey offers one of his few serious performances as a man who wants to live beyond what’s scripted for him.
Friday, July 8, 6:30 p.m., FreFM
With a presidential election upon us, it’s refreshing to be reminded how good it can feel when the nation’s leader makes us believe in what we can be. In this fantasy from director Ivan Reitman, Kevin Kline scores as a man least likely to ever fill the highest office in the land.
Friday, July 8, 10 p.m., POP; Saturday, July 11, 5 p.m., POP
The Visit (1964)
The great Ingrid Bergman plays against type in this compelling drama about the richest woman in the world who returns to her hometown to seek revenge. The three-time Oscar winner is magnetic and menacing as a woman determined to hurt those who hurt her.
Saturday, July 9, 10:05 a.m., Fre FM
Before Kevin Costner became a star, he made his first big screen impression as a rather goofy cowboy in this offbeat Western from director Lawrence Kasdan. Costner has a field day – along with Kevin Kline and Danny Glover – as cowboys who can’t handle the ways of the West.
Saturday, July 9, 12:30 p.m., AMC
The American President (1995)
If only presidential politics could be as entertaining as when penned by Aaron Sorkin. This delightful comedy – about an unlikely romance between a lobbyist and the President – makes us believe anything can happen when people follow their hearts. Michael Douglas stars.
Saturday, July 9, 2:30 p.m., POP
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Long before Leonardo DiCaprio fought a bear in The Revenant he shined on screen as master con man Frank Abagnale, Jr., in this romp from director Steven Spielberg. With Tom Hanks as his nemesis and conscience, DiCaprio has a grand time deceiving everyone he sees.
Saturday, July 9, 2 p.m., TNT
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Robin Williams creates an indelible impression as a warm-hearted babysitter in this comedy from director Chris Columbus. That he happens, as well, to be the father of the children he cares for makes the movie all the more fun. With Sally Field as an appealing shrew.
Saturday, July 9, 9 p.m., FreFM; Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m., FreFM
Some Like it Hot (1959)
As much fun as Robin Williams may have in drag as a babysitter, he can’t hold a candle to Jack Lemmon who soars as a musician who dresses up to escape the mob. Billy Wilder directed this comedy classic that also features Marilyn Monroe at her most engaging.
Sunday, July 10, 12 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Ernest Borgnine, who later found fame on television in McHale’s Navy, won an Oscar for playing a middle-aged butcher searching for romance in a quiet drama adapted from television. Few expected this to be named Best Picture at a time when epics dominated the screen.
Sunday, July 10, 2:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty are breathtaking as young people in love at a time when society frowns on youthful romance. Wood, especially, captures the hope and disappointment that relationships can bring in a performance that earned an Oscar nomination.
Sunday, July 10, 4 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.