Ready for the New Year? And the resolutions that can change the months ahead?
This week, movies on television and cable also celebrate the potential of new commitments and aspirations. Check out what’s available to enjoy at home.
Friday, Dec. 29
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Joan Crawford resolves to create a better life for herself and her daughters in this movie adaptation of the novel by James Cain. Savor this Oscar-winning performance.
6 p.m., TCM
Apollo 13 (1995)
Tom Hanks commits to make it home in this thrilling recreation of the journey of a doomed space flight to the moon. Let yourself believe in what people can achieve.
10 p.m., TCM
Saturday, Dec. 30
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Bradley Cooper wants to be a better man, Robert De Niro wants him to be a better son, and Jennifer Lawrence wants him to learn how to dance. Celebrate the joys.
10 a.m., Spike
John Travolta hopes to win the heart of Olivia Newton John – while being the coolest guy in high school – in this movie version of the Broadway musical hit. Sing a long for fun.
1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Spike
Russell Crowe vows to right all the wrongs of ancient Rome in this homage to the widescreen epic dramas of the 1960s. Try to not to take it too seriously.
11 a.m., Syfy
Gone Girl (2014)
Ben Affleck seeks a less turbulent relationship with his mysterious wife in this mega hit adaptation of the novel by Gillian Flynn. Try to resist guessing what happens next.
3 p.m., FXM
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers want to sing and dance together one more time in this glorious musical comedy from MGM. Let your tapping toes enjoy the show.
4 p.m., TCM
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Frank Sinatra desperately needs to learn what happened during his military service that continues to haunt his life. Thrill at the precision of the storytelling.
8 p.m., TCM
Sunday, Dec. 31
Melanie Griffith dreams about moving up in the corporate world. And, rather than wait for things to happen, she takes matters into her hands. Delight at the fun.
11 a.m., POP
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Gene Hackman tries to inspire the passengers of an ill-fated cruise ship to believe in “the morning after” in this classic disaster flick set on New Year’s Eve. Shout “Happy New Year”!
5:45 p.m., TCM