As we try to get into the routine of the fall, some less than routine movies can brighten this September weekend.
Here is what’s showing on broadcast and cable stations.
Captain Phillips (2013)
With the New York Film Festival soon to open, one of the highlight of the 2013 event comes to the small screen with a devastating performance from Tom Hanks. This wondrous actor – soon to be seen on the screen in Sully – is at his best as a captain trying to keep his boat safe.
Friday, September 9, 5 p.m.; Saturday, September 10, 11:30 a.m., FX
Another hit from the New York Film Festival – from 2012 – can be seen at home with its knockout turn by Denzel Washington. This two-time Oscar winner, soon to be seen in the movie adaptation of Fences, was a deserving Best Actor nominee for his role as a tortured pilot.
Friday, September 9, 5 p.m., FXM
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
The great Judy Holliday recreates her Tony-winning performance as a telephone operator in this delightful musical from director Vincente Minnelli. Holliday, who can light up any stage or screen, is a reel delight as a woman who wants to help everyone she meets, no matter the risks.
Friday, September 9, 5:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Charles Dickens’ classic novel gets the widescreen treatment in this musical version that won the Best Picture Oscar. Based on the stage show, and featuring music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, this wondrous entertainment never grows old. And Ron Moody is an ideal Mr. Fagin.
Saturday, September 10, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies
Flight 93 (2006)
As we mark the 15th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001, this brilliant take by director Paul Greengrass reminds us of the heroism displayed on that fateful day. With precision and respect, Greengrass makes us proud as he makes us remember the impact of these moments.
Saturday, September 10, 4 p.m., A&E
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
As Meryl Streep brings joy to millions as Florence Foster Jenkins, her turn as a business diva continues to create comedy delight. Opposite Anne Hathaway’s innocence, Streep’s brilliantly etched arrogance reminds us how everyone needs a little work-life balance now and then.
Saturday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., E
West Side Story (1961)
Even though Natalie Wood is too old to be believable as a young, innocent woman – and her singing is dubbed by Marni Nixon – her screen sensibility is just right for this Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway musical. The dances by the great Jerome Robbins continue to thrill.
Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
The Fugitive (1993)
Harrison Ford makes us believe in the plight of a physician who claims he did not kill his wife in this adaptation of the famed television series. While Ford scores as the hero, Tommy Lee Jones nearly walks away with the film in his Oscar-winning turn as a curious man of the law.
Sunday, September 11, 3 p.m., IFC
Enjoy the movies!