Thanks to broadcast and standard cable stations, there’s no need to rely on premium channels to share movies with your family. And it can be fun to introduce the family to favorites from years gone by. Take a look at what’s showing this weekend.
Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
When Julia Roberts snagged her first Oscar nomination – for Steel Magnolias in 1989 – she was on her way to a great career. She soon appeared in this popular but predictable drama about a woman who, after realizing her husband may not have the best of intentions, creates a way to escape. Because this is a movie, however, nothing is as easy as it looks. Roberts has a field day in the role.
Friday, November 20, 5:15 p.m., Oxygen
Ruthless People (1986)
In the early 1980’s – when Bette Midler became a movie favorite – she deftly selected exaggerated comedies that would show off her broad sense of timing. In this delightful tale of greed, crime and dismissal, Midler is a riot as a woman who gets kidnapped. While that may sound serious, the great Bette plays it all for laughs. Danny DeVito costars as her less than concerned husband.
Friday, November 20, 5:25 p.m., Flix
American Graffiti (1973)
When Ron Howard grew up – after playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show on television – he wasn’t sure where to step next. This classic look at life in the early 1960s in a small town in California gave Howard the role that led to his long-running gig as Richie Cunningham in the series Happy Days. In the film, Howard is shy, square and serious as he tries to navigate the path to follow after graduating from high school.
Friday, November 20, 7 p.m., Flix
Once Robert Redford started to direct films, his made fewer appearances in front of the camera. He’s one reason this delightful caper from director Phil Alden Robinson – who gave us Field of Dreams – is so much fun. He’s helped by a fun script filled with surprise and a gifted cast (including Ben Kingsley, Mary McDowell and Sidney Poitier) who have a lot of fun. But it’s Redford we remember after the movie ends.
Saturday, November 21, 12 noon, Flix
Wall Street (1987)
Notice the telephones. This over-the-top and wonderfully fun frolic through big finance of the 1980s perfectly captures the pretension of the decade. Michael Douglas has a field day as an aggressive investor with little tolerance for human error. In his Oscar-winning role, Douglas is ruthless, sneaky and considered by many to be the enemy. And when he speaks – on that massive mobile phone – people listen.
Saturday, November 21, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 22, 11:08 a.m., Esqtv
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Some movies become touchstone experiences in our lives that must be revisited over and over again. My generation grew up watching this classic on its annual television broadcast. Now no one has to wait. Judy Garland brings all the hope and wonder of a young girl finding her way in a tale that never grows old. The film is filled with so much wonder it’s simply impossible to pick your favorite moment.
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.