What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend?
Each week, the Reel Dad looks at what is easily available on broadcast television and cable to help you choose what you and your family watch.
Take a look!
Friday, October 6
Forrest Gump (1994)
Tom Hanks won his second Oscar in a row for helping us see that life can be like a box of chocolates. Sally Field costars in this fantasy that was named the year’s Best Picture.
5 p.m. Freeform
Jurassic Park (1993)
Steven Spielberg lets his imagination, and dinosaurs, roam the countryside in this whimsical, yet frightening, adventure about a misconceived amusement park.
6 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday CMT
American Graffiti (1973)
Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard take a look at the steps people take when they graduate from high school. Francis Ford Coppola directed this classic.
8 p.m. Flix
Into the Woods (2014)
Meryl Streep walks away with the movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about the ups and downs of fairy tale lives. She is an ultimate wicked witch.
8 p.m. Freeform
The Actress (1953)
Jean Simmons makes a lovely Ruth Gordon in this touching tale of the ambitions of a young lady who wants a career in the theater. Spencer Tracy costars as her domineering dad.
8 p.m. TCM
Saturday, October 7
High Sierra (1941)
Humphrey Bogart reminds us was a bad guy he can be in this crime caper that many consider the first of the famous film noir period. Ida Lupino stars.
10 a.m. TCM
Field of Dreams (1989)
Kevin Costner turns his cornfield into a baseball diamond because he heard a voice one night while taking a walk. Otherwise, everything else in this movie makes sense. And it all works.
11 a.m. VH1
Stockard Channing steals this movie version of the Broadway musical from stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Why hasn’t the wondrous Channing done more musicals?
1:30 p.m. VH1
East of Eden (1955)
James Dean won his first of two posthumous Oscar nominations for his striking work as a disengaged, disenchanted young man in this essential adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel.
8 p.m. TCM
Sunday, October 8
I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Susan Hayward should have won an Oscar for this meaningful look at the life of Lillian Roth, a famed singer who was troubled by her dependence on alcohol. A brave performance.
12 noon TCM