With the change of seasons, a favorite movie on television can be a welcome break from the spring chores. Here’s what is playing this weekend on broadcast and cable stations.
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Barbra Streisand is never dull on screen even when the movie isn’t as entertaining as she intends. This tale of an unusual relationship between college instructors suffers from the “cutes” but is saved by the authenticity of the great Lauren Bacall. She makes it worthwhile.
Friday, April 29, 8 p.m., Flix
The Proposal (2009)
Sandra Bullock has a great time playing a role Streisand would have loved: a hard-working, career-minded career woman who discovers real love in most unusual ways. Popular comedienne Betty White is delicious as a grandmother willing to share her with and wisdom.
Friday, April 29, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, April 30, 2:30 p.m.; FREFM
The Shootist (1976)
Lauren Bacall is on hand to support John Wayne (in his final film role) as a legendary gunfighter facing the battle of his life. Bacall and Wayne are touching as people who deeply care for each other as they realize how difficult it can be to die in peace after lives of struggle.
Saturday, April 30, 10:45 a.m., AMC
Frances McDormand won an Oscar for her prickly portrayal of a sheriff named Marge who dares to solve a most complex crime. Written and directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Cohen, this classic soars with its clarity of approach and precision of production.
Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m., AMC
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Matt Damon delivers a most complex performance as a young man who finds it much too easy to tell stories rather than face the truth. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, this Anthony Minghella film features a young Cate Blanchett in a magnetic cameo.
Saturday, April 30, 5:35 p.m., Flix
James Stewart offers what many consider his most layered performance as man trying to overcome his demons in this classic from director Alfred Hitchcock. Opposite Kim Novak, Stewart is vulnerable, engaging and unforgettable as a man trapped by his own memory.
Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m., Turner Classic Movies
Rear Window (1954)
Grace Kelly seals her position as Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite actress of the 1950s as a sophisticated woman trying to help her gentleman friend (James Stewart) spy on his neighbors in Greenwich Village. The future princess shines in a film that is so much fun, it never ages.
Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Remains of the Day (1993)
Emma Thompson is magnetic as a woman of service who selflessly avoids expressing her affection for the butler of a fine English home. For all of us who love Downton Abbey this account of an unusual relationship transports us to a different time and place.
Sunday, May 1, 1:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
The Birds (1963)
Tippi Hedren is a headstrong woman at Bodega Bay, California, who finds herself the target of some rather aggressive birds. How she handles the attacks gives this Alfred Hitchcock classic some real punch. And the bird sequences never disappoint.
Sunday, May 1, 3:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
The Alamo (1960)
John Wayne believed he was making an epic for the ages with this story of the battle for Texas independence. But the film went over budget, and disappointed at the box office, despite his valiant efforts to tell a story of real heroism. It’s still worth watching, for all the excess.
Sunday, May 1, 2:30 p.m., Reelz
Enjoy the movies!