Ready to tap your toes to some music at the movies?
Check out a few classics on broadcast and standard cable stations this weekend.
The ever-so-spontaneous Robin Williams uses the range of his vocal talents to bring this magical tale to life. While the animation is Disney at its best, and Alan Menken contributes a marvelous score, Williams is the one who makes this movie such a joy. Yes, see it again!
Friday, May 13, 6 p.m., Disney
Of all the stories that become Broadway musicals, this may be the least likely. On film, Sissy Spacek nabbed an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a girl with amazing powers. On the stage, however, the musical version focused on the girl’s mother. The movie is better.
Friday, May 13, 8 p.m., MTV
Walk the Line (2005)
The music of Johnny Cash is the show in this by-the-books musical biography starring Joaquin Phoenix as the legendary singer. While Phoenix makes us believe in Cash, the superficial work by Renee Witherspoon (for which she won an Oscar) reveals little about his wife, June.
Friday, May 13, 8 p.m., TV Land
School of Rock (2003)
The never-dull Jack Black has the time of his life as an unconventional teacher who uses music to reach his students. Director Richard Linklater brings his love for the movies to a delightful story of the magic that humanity in the classroom can create.
Friday, May 13, 9 p.m., Bravo
Good News (1947)
The lovely June Allyson – best remembered for playing James Stewart’s wife in a series of films – brings her Broadway roots to the screen in this movie version of a stage hit. Yes, she’s a bit old to be believed as a college student, but she makes magic when she sings and dances.
Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m., Turner Classic Movies
Going My Way (1944)
Famed crooner Bing Crosby sings the way through his portrayal of a kind and gentle priest in this Oscar winner from director Leo McCarey. The ever-so-calm Bing uses his charm and chops to settle a collection of exaggerated personalities. And he won an Oscar for Best Actor.
Sunday, May 15, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies
Crazy Heart (2009)
The ever-so-deserving Jeff Bridges finally won an Oscar – after many nominations – for playing a down-and-out country singer in this magical film from writer/director Scott Cooper. This highly entertaining look at life also won an Oscar for its song, The Weary Kind.
Sunday, May 15, 9 p.m., Sundance
Footlight Parade (1933)
Famed director Busby Berkeley created movie magic with his extravagant dance routines in such movies as 42nd Street and Dames. In this song-and-dance classic, James Cagney stars as a Broadway producer who also knows his way around a musical number.
Sunday, May 15, 10 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
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.