Big stars in favorite films highlight the movie offerings on television this weekend.
Take a look!
Open Range (2003)
Kevin Costner returns to the movie Western in this engaging story about cattlemen who battle about the changing ways of the world. As these people face out-of-control violence, despite their efforts to tame the land, they do everything they can to protect their property and dreams. With Robert Duvall waxing on about the meaning of life, and Annette Bening offering reliable support, the film contains just about every Western movie cliche. And we like them all.
Friday, August 14, 4 p.m.; Saturday, August 15, 2 p.m., FXM
Robert Redford brings all his proven charisma to this entertaining caper about one-time revolutionaries who grow up to become serious security protectors and threats. While the actor shows his age, the killer grin is ever present, the comic timing precise and the focus in place as he delivers the magic as a man trying to stay relevant in a world that becomes less welcoming. With Sidney Poitier back on the screen in a supporting role, this is a lot of fun.
Friday, August 14, 4:45 p.m., Flix
The Alamo (1960)
John Wayne’s overbearing tribute to the Texas spirit is so overlong and overdone that it’s almost irresistible. As star and director of this overbudget recreation of the 1836 landmark battle between the U.S. and Mexico, Wayne pulls out the stops putting this over baked epic on the screen. Today the film feels like a curious example of the Hollywood excess of a different era. And, with that in mind, it’s quite watchable.
Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m., AMC
Kramer vs. Kramer (1980)
Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep won Oscars as parents who divorce and fight over the custody of a son they both adore. The film dares to explore the sensitive territory of how children can become the pawns in games that sparring parents play. With Jane Alexander as the supportive neighbor, this Best Picture winner shows a New York City that no longer exists in a film so simple yet complicated that, today, it might have trouble getting made.
Saturday, August 15, 1:15 p.m., Sundance
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Other than speculating how John Travolta can breathe in his wardrobe, this tribute to the disco 1970s captures the highs and lows of a moment in time as confused young people try to figure out which way is forward. While the film is remembered for its dance sequences, with their magical sense of rhythm and purpose, it’s most effective in quieter scenes when the kids who dance try to figure out how to live. Travolta’s raw performance continues to thrill.
Saturday, August 15, 3;30 p.m., Sundance
Field of Dreams (1989)
No matter how many times you see this fantasy about the magic of baseball, it still rings true. And, as far fetched as the plot may be, the film remains a thoughtful examination of the disappointments that can occur between fathers and sons. Kevin Costner delivers an iconic performance as a man who convinces himself that dreams can be real. How could Oscar have snubbed such a rich performance?
Sunday, August 16, 1:30 p.m., Sundance
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