As winter continues to move into our lives, the movies help warm up the weekend with meaningful visits with interesting people. Take a look at what’s showing on broadcast and standard cable.
The Exorcist (1973)
Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair heat up the screen in this acclaimed adaptation of the best-selling novel. Of course, what shocked audiences in 1972 may seem less frightening today.
Saturday, December 10, 8:30 a.m., 12 noon, 2:30 p.m., BBC
The Shining (1980)
Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall stir up some trouble at a remote Colorado mountain hotel in this Stanley Kubrick thriller from the book by Stephen King. Yes, here’s Johnny.
Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m., BBC
Captain Phillips (2013)
Tom Hanks delivers one of his strongest recent performances (ignored by the Academy for some reason) as a well-intentioned sea captain trying to save his ship from pirates. A must see.
Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m., FX
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Sissy Spacek creates real music in this meticulous recreation of the early years of Loretta Lynn. Spacek is musical, magical and memorable as a lady with a dream. And she sings, too!
Saturday, December 10, 1:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Star Wars, A New Hope (1977)
No matter how many reboots and sequels we may see, there’s nothing like the original. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher make us believe anything can happen on screen.
Saturday, December 10, 2:28 p.m., TNT
Mary Poppins (1964)
Julie Andrews, at age 29, won an Oscar for this lovely musical about a most unpredictable nanny. At the time, we loved the film, but could not predict how big a star Andrews would be.
Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m., ABC
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
James Stewart helps us discover the meaning of life in this holiday classic from director Frank Capra. No matter how many times you see it, the message still rings true.
Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m., USA
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Barbara Stanwyck is delightful as a columnist who pretends to be an expert on holiday entertaining. But nothing happens as she expects in this delicious comedy.
Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
J.K. Simmons won a well-deserved Oscar for his distinctive performance in this modern classic from director Damien Chazelle who is collecting raves this year for his musical La La Land.
Sunday, December 11, 9 p.m., Sundance
A Passage to India (1984)
The great director David Lean – who gave us Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago – creates a final epic journey across this amazing country in a masterful story of love and denial.
Sunday, December 11, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)