As we look forward to a special family weekend, movies offer opportunities to share experiences together. Here’s what broadcast and cable television stations will be playing to add to your weekend fun.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
This mystical look at the magic of golf can feel, at moments, like Field of Dreams on the links as mere mortals ponder the power of spirits they cannot explain. As flimsy as the plot may be, however, the conviction in performances by Will Smith and Matt Damon make it work.
Friday, June 17, 5: 30 p.m., Golf
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
After a bit of a career slump in the mid 1990s, Julia Roberts recaptured her screen popularity with this romantic fluff about a self-centered woman who tries to break up her old boyfriend’s wedding. Roberts is funny, touching and engaging. And she smiles a lot, too.
Friday, June 17, 8 p.m., E
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
On this Father’s Day weekend, Tom Hanks sets the right tone as a widowed dad who only wants the best for his young son. That’s the son’s story, too, when he takes it upon himself to find his father a new wife. And all those fun kinds of movie complications ensue.
Friday, June 17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 18, 1:30 p.m., POP
A year after winning an Oscar for Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn found herself a Best Actress nominee again for her delightful turn in this movie adaptation of the play Sabrina Fair. The actress is adorable as the daughter of a chauffer who finds true love in unexpected places.
Friday, June 17, 8 p.m., POP
The Parent Trap (1960)
The realities of the divorce come to life Disney style in this family comedy starring Hayley Mills as identical twins separated at birth. While the story reappeared in the 1990s with Lindsay Lohan in the roles, skip the remake and savor the original. Mills is a delight.
Saturday, June 18, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 19,12 p.m., CMT
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The challenges of small-time real estate create real drama in this movie adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. While Al Pacino has the showiest role, the acting honors go to Jack Lemmon as an aging salesman who has trouble keeping up with the younger guys.
Saturday, June 18, 4:40 p.m., Flix
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reunite with Nora Ephron, the director of Sleepless in Seattle, to update this classic story of romantic frustrations when people only communicate through the mail. If this sounds familiar, it’s also the plot for She Loves Me that is back on Broadway.
Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m., POP
Sister Act (1992)
Long before she became the hostess of The View on television, Whoopi Goldberg was an Oscar-winning actress who scored in drama – The Color Purple – as well as a comedic role in Ghost before playing a singer on the run from the mob in this delightful comedy.
Saturday, June 18, 6:30 p.m., POP
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Before Gene Hackman became a star, he offered a stunning supporting performance in this movie adaptation of Robert Anderson’s play. Melvyn Douglas was also Oscar nominated in this biting account of the bitterness that can fester with fathers and sons.
Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)
While appearing on television as Opie in The Andy Griffith Show in the early 1960s, Ron Howard also managed to make a few films including this comedy that later became a television show. In the film, Howard is a precocious child who simply wants his widowed dad to be happy.
Sunday, June 19, 5:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Enjoy the movies! And happy Father’s Day!