What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend?

Each week, the Reel Dad looks at what is easily available on broadcast television and cable to help you choose what you and your family watch.

Take a look!

Friday, October 6

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Tom Hanks won his second Oscar in a row for helping us see that life can be like a box of chocolates. Sally Field costars in this fantasy that was named the year’s Best Picture.

5 p.m. Freeform


Jurassic Park (1993)

Steven Spielberg lets his imagination, and dinosaurs, roam the countryside in this whimsical, yet frightening, adventure about a misconceived amusement park.

6 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday CMT


American Graffiti (1973)

Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard take a look at the steps people take when they graduate from high school. Francis Ford Coppola directed this classic.

8 p.m. Flix


Meryl Streep as the witch in Into the Woods.

Meryl Streep as the witch in Into the Woods.

Into the Woods (2014)

Meryl Streep walks away with the movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about the ups and downs of fairy tale lives. She is an ultimate wicked witch.

8 p.m. Freeform


The Actress (1953)

Jean Simmons makes a lovely Ruth Gordon in this touching tale of the ambitions of a young lady who wants a career in the theater. Spencer Tracy costars as her domineering dad.

8 p.m. TCM


Saturday, October 7


High Sierra (1941)

Humphrey Bogart reminds us was a bad guy he can be in this crime caper that many consider the first of the famous film noir period. Ida Lupino stars.


10 a.m. TCM

Field of Dreams.

Field of Dreams.

Field of Dreams (1989)

Kevin Costner turns his cornfield into a baseball diamond because he heard a voice one night while taking a walk. Otherwise, everything else in this movie makes sense. And it all works.

11 a.m. VH1


Grease (1978)

Stockard Channing steals this movie version of the Broadway musical from stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Why hasn’t the wondrous Channing done more musicals?

1:30 p.m. VH1

East of Eden

East of Eden (1955)

James Dean won his first of two posthumous Oscar nominations for his striking work as a disengaged, disenchanted young man in this essential adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel.

8 p.m. TCM

Sunday, October 8

I’ll Cry Tomorrow



I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Susan Hayward should have won an Oscar for this meaningful look at the life of Lillian Roth, a famed singer who was troubled by her dependence on alcohol. A brave performance.

12 noon TCM