This Week’s Movie Menu: opening with Open Range

As we continue to enjoy the warmth of summer, the movies offer a warm opportunity to share family time together.

Here’s what broadcast and cable television stations will play this weekend.

 

Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner in Open Range.

Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner in Open Range.

Open Range (2003)

Kevin Costner returns to the Western in this comfortably old fashioned tale of a man who feels forced to pick up a gun to protect what’s rightfully his. With Annette Bening as the love interest, and Robert Duvall as the wise old man, the film still works its magic.

Friday, July 22, 9 p.m., AMC

 

Hairspray (2007)

John Travolta returns to his musical comedy roots in this movie version of the hit Broadway show that, originally, was based on a movie from John Waters. Travolta has a grand old time singing and dancing in a role created on stage by the great Harvey Fierstein.

Friday, July 22, 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, 6 p.m.; E

 

Annie (1982)

Carol Burnett can make us laugh, smile and cry with the turn of a head, the wink of an eye and the sound of her voice. She makes the most of every moment she is on screen in this movie adaptation of the Broadway musical. If only she was in every scene!

Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m., POP

 

Twister (1996)

Helen Hunt made her name on television as the star of Mad About You and won an Oscar for As Good As It Gets. In between she starred in this entertaining piece of corn about people who chase bad weather as a sport and a profession. The special effects still amaze.

Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m., TNT

 

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

The tragedy of the attack on Pearl Harbor comes to life in vivid detail in this semi-documentary about what happened behind the scenes before that fateful Sunday morning in 1941. While the film can be slow, and run too long, the content makes for interesting viewing.

Saturday, July 23, 3:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

 

True Grit (1969)

John Wayne won his only Oscar, near the end of his movie career, for playing a role that plays with every memory of every role he created. As Rooster Cogburn, an unconventional lawman in a traditional Western narrative, Wayne is funny, touching and human.

Saturday, July 23, 6:30 p.m., AMC

 

The Bourne Identity (2002)

As we wait for the new Jason Bourne to open on July 29, taking a fresh look at the first film in the series reminds us why we can’t wait to see the latest installment. Matt Damon is strong, convincing and vulnerable as a complex hero who doesn’t quite know what’s going on.

Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m., NBC

 

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Richard Dreyfuss won an Oscar – at age 29 – for his delightful comic performance as a struggling stage actor who is forced to share an apartment with an out-of-work dancer and her daughter. Dreyfuss turns a light role into a tour de force. His take on Shakespeare is hysterical.

Sunday, July 24, 6 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

 

Enjoy the movies!

 

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