This Week's Movie Menu: Reliable stars
As the seasons prepare to change, the stars of movies on television this weekend remind us how reliable actors and actresses can be.
Here’s what you can savor from the comfort of home!
Designing Woman (1957)
Lauren Bacall brings her patented sass and style to this delightful comedy about an unlikely romance between a fashion designer and a sports writer. Opposite Gregory Peck, under the direction of Vincente Minnelli, Bacall demonstrates the personality that made her a star.
Friday, September 16, 6 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The late Gene Wilder shines as a mysterious candy man in this musical based on the novel by Raold Dahl. With his eyes filled kindness, Wilder helps us remember that while people can err, the purity of how they care can overcome almost any adversity.
Friday, September 16, 8:30 p.m., FreFM
After the big budget success of North by Northwest, director Alfred Hitchcock chose to make a small movie with the crew from his television series. The result may be his most famous film, certainly his most controversial, and the first movie to show a flushing toilet.
Saturday, September 16, 8 a.m., Sundance
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
As the great Meryl Streep delights on the big screen as Florence Foster Jenkins, her portrayal of an over-the-top boss still sends comic shivers. Streep makes the most of every glance and expression as she creates an indelible portrayal of greed, ambition and regret.
Saturday, September 17, 5:30 p.m., Bravo
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Looking back, this Robin Williams comedy captures all the magic this wondrous actor could bring to the screen, including his marvelous collection of voices. While Sally Field may be the villain of the piece, she is a perfect foil for Williams’ off-the-wall approach to family comedy.
Saturday, September 17, 6 p.m.; Sunday, September 18, 1:30 p.m.; CMT
Air Force One (1997)
Harrison Ford is the President we would all like to elect in this entertaining thriller from director Wolfgang Petersen. While the premise may be routine, and the options exaggerated, Ford makes us believe in the type of leader who would take reasonable risks for his nation.
Saturday, September 17, 8 p.m., BBC
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Jennifer Lawrence won a Best Actress Oscar for her supporting turn as a free spirit who dares to tame an emotional Bradley Cooper in this dramatic comedy from moviemaker David O. Russell. Lawrence is funny, appealing and real in a meaty role that seems larger than it is.
Saturday, September 17, 8 p.m., TNT
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Jack Lemmon should have won his second Oscar for this cross-dressing characterization of a daffy woman in an all-girl band. But he lost to Charlton Heston (Ben Hur) and had to wait to 1973 to win (for Save the Tiger). This is the definitive performance of his career.
Saturday, September 17, 9:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Yes, it’s too long, moves too slowly, and features too many closeups of the breathtaking Elizabeth Taylor. And, yes, she’s totally wrong for the role of the mysterious woman of the Nile. But it all looks so good – and is such fun to watch – we can forgive its many shortcomings.
Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)