Ready to savor to some movies over the holiday weekend?
Check out what’s showing on broadcast and standard cable stations.
And enjoy family time together!
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Anyone who hasn’t experienced this epic of all Hollywood epics should relish the opportunity to revisit an essential chapter in American history. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable soar as people fighting their own civil war before, during and after the War Between the States.
Friday, July 1, Turner Classic Movies
All is Lost (2013)
Robert Redford won a well-deserved Best Actor citation from the New York Film Critics for his brilliant portrayal of a man lost at sea on his recreational boat. Redford – alone on screen, without dialogue – makes us believe in the man’s fears, hopes and realities.
Saturday, July 2, 8 a.m., Sundance
Lone Star (1996)
At a time of uncertainty in how welcoming the United States should be to people from other countries, this classic tale from director John Sayles reminds us what the American Dream should mean. Sayles makes us think about what people can stand for, on any border.
Saturday, July 2, 10:30 a.m., Sundance
While Carol Burnett created her legend on stage and television, she made too few films. And, when she turned in a classic performance, the movies often let her down. While this adaptation of the Broadway musical rarely works, Burnett hits every note. The lady shines.
Saturday, July 2, 2 p.m., POP
Jurassic Park (1993)
What better way to enjoy the long weekend than by visiting a favorite theme park filled with dinosaurs? Yes, the tension still works in this Spielberg classic and, yes, the visuals still suggest more than they display. And the film continues to offer grand entertainment.
Saturday, July 2, 5 p.m., FreFM
The Hurt Locker (2008)
On a weekend when we celebrate our independence as a nation, Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning drama reminds us of the obligations we have to confront the truth of our actions. The director’s examination of bomb disposal in Iraq is harrowing and healing. A must see.
Saturday, July 2, 5 p.m., IFC
That’s Entertainment! (1974)
For decades, the film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was home to many of the best movie musicals. This tribute – overflowing with classic singing and dancing sequences – reminds us how great movies can be when they simply try to entertain. This is a holiday delight.
Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
James Stewart delivers what many consider his best performance as an idealistic young Senator who discovers the realities of big-time politics in the nation’s capital. Stewart is inspiring as a man who fights for his ideals while listening to the needs of the people he serves.
Monday, July 4, 3 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
West Side Story (1961)
Leave it to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim to capture the highs and lows of the American dream in this movie of the Broadway classic. Directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins make us believe that people can sing and dance when they have something to say.
Monday, July 4, 5:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
The Music Man (1962)
What would July 4th be without fireworks and a parade? This marvelous movie based on the Broadway musical features a toe-tapping score by Meredith Willson and a brilliant lead performance by Robert Preston who is pitch perfect as a man who sells hopes and dreams.
Monday, July 4, 8 p.m. Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
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.