This Week’s TV Movie Menu: relax and enjoy!
Yes, it feels like summer outside. And what better way to beat the heat than to watch some movies this weekend?
Here’s the best of what broadcast and cable television stations are playing on the tube.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The great silent film star Gloria Swanson made a comeback to play a film star plotting her comeback in this classic drama from Billy Wilder. William Holden costars as a writer with more ambition than scruples. This is Swanson’s show from start to finish. And what a show.
Friday, June 10, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Edna Ferber’s sprawling novel about a wealthy family of Texas ranchers gets the big screen treatment from director George Stevens. A young Elizabeth Taylor is at her most radiant as a woman from “Back East” trying to understand the ways of the Lone Star State.
Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt fascinate as competing versions of the same man in this futuristic thriller about time travel. Emily Blunt is on hand to balance both portrayals with solid work as a young woman trying to protect her home. This one thrills.
Saturday, June 11, 3 p.m., FXX
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
The late Robin Williams could do just about anything on screen. In this comedy about a father trying to stay close to his children, the master comedian makes the most of his amazing gifts for improve, voices and wild characterizations. Sally Field is on hand to balance Robin’s act.
Saturday, June 11, 5:15 p.m., FreFM
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Meryl Streep creates one of her most devastating characterizations in this delightful comedy about an ambitious woman who refuses to let anyone get in her way. With less screen time than costar Anne Hathaway, Streep makes the most of every moment. And glance.
Saturday, June 11, 8 p.m., Bravo
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Director Vincente Minnelli brought the visual sense from his work as a stage designer and director at Radio City Music Hall to this lovely MGM musical. With Judy Garland as the star, Minnelli directs his future wife with love and care to make sure she magically commands.
Saturday, June 11, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
In a plot borrowed from The Shop Around the Corner – and, in the 1960s, She Loves Me on Broadway – Nora Ephron’s interpretation updates the specifics while still focusing on the unlikely romance between people who dislike each other. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan charm.
Saturday, June 11, 9 p.m., POP
Julie and Julia (2009)
In another movie delight from Nora Ephron, Meryl Streep soars with an outrageous interpretation of television chef Julia Child. If only the movie focused on Streep’s delightful portrayal. The other half – with Amy Adams as a fan – makes us hungry for Streep to return.
Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m., Lifetime
Okay, so Humphrey Bogart may be a bit too old to be a convincing romantic foil for a young Audrey Hepburn. But the dialogue – from Billy Wilder – is so sharp and Hepburn is so magnetic that we can overlook the weaknesses. And William Holden has great fun as a playboy.
Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
An American In Paris (1951)
In an Oscar race dominated by A Streetcar Named Desire, this Gene Kelly musical stunned Hollywood when it was named Best Picture. Looking back, the dances marvel, the songs delight and the script tests our patience. And, of course, Kelly and Leslie Caron ignite the screen.
Sunday, June 12, 4 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Enjoy the movies!