Movie Menu: The China Syndrome, American Graffiti, Jurassic Park and more

Looking for a movie to enjoy this weekend? Check out what’s showing on broadcast and cable television. Friday November 3 Maid in Manhattan (2002) Jennifer Lopez delights as a young woman determined to improve her life. Little does she know the answer stands in front of her. 9 pm Bravo   The China Syndrome (1978) Jane Fonda shines as an aggressive television news woman who uncovers a scandal at a nuclear power plant. Fonda was Oscar nominated for her performance, as was Jack Lemmon. 8 pm TCM Saturday November 4 American Graffiti (1973) Richard Dreyfuss delights as a high school … Read more

Reel Dad: Meyerowitz Stories examines parental relationships

  We experience, as adults, the realities of watching parents age. We observe changes in how they behave, reductions in what they can do, adjustments in how they live. We share their joys in remembering the past, their disappointments in what they missed. And we support their routines as we recognize that we continue to age, too. Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) — a feature at this year’s New York Film Festival — examines the emotional complexities of relationships with aging parents in a framework of broad comedy and drama. When the film succeeds, it shares insights … Read more

Curtain Call: Goodspeed’s Rags ripped apart then tailored to a tight fit

Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam: The year is 1910 and a ship full of immigrants is making its way to New York Harbor. Those onboard are excited and singing “We’ve talked about America; we’ve dreamed about coming to America,” and now here they are. In a beautifully rendered musical counterpoint, well dressed capitalist are bemoaning “Another ship of greenhorns.” These successful Americans want to take back their country. They’re tired of watching ship after ship of Italians, Irish and Jews coming to their shores. And so Rags, a musical that opened some 30 years ago and closed after only four … Read more

Movie Menu: Psycho, Poltergeist, The Shining, Carrie and more

This National Weather Service map shows the expected path of Hurricane Arthur as of Thursday morning.

As we approach Halloween, check out movies that celebrate the spirit of this celebration. Take a look at what’s playing this weekend on broadcast and cable television. Friday, October 27 The Addams Family (1991) Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia have a great time as eccentric parents who love to frighten anyone who invades their sanctuary of scream in this adaptation of the 1960’s TV show. 6:50 p.m. Friday and 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Freeform   Psycho (1960) Janet Leigh makes us never want to stay at a roadside motel, chat with the front desk clerk or take a late shower in … Read more

Reel Dad: The Florida Project reveals how lives matter

We see people walk down streets without knowing their lives. We watch them shop and eat, chat and wander without realizing what challenges they confront, what fears they face. And we assume their lives are in order because we live ordered lives. The stunning new film The Florida Project — a popular entry in this year’s New York Film Festival — reminds us that beneath the surface of a society that pretends to take care of others lives a population that society overlooks. These people hang on, one day at a time, one motel room by the week, one desperate … Read more

On Stage: Opening, continuing and future

OPENING The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Thurs., Oct. 26 – Nov. 12, The Dressing Room Theater, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Directed by Gordon Casagrande of Ridgefield and features Scott Ferrara and Tom Petrone of Wilton and Peter Barbieri Jr. of Fairfield. Tickets $32. Info: Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ musical comedy, Oct. 27-Nov. 11, Wilton Playshop, Lovers Lane theater, Wilton. Directed by Mat Young. Info: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season with Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Oct. 31-Nov. 19. Performances: Tues., 7 p.m., Wed., 2 and 8 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., … Read more

Reel Dad: Wonderstruck captivates the heart with its magic

  5 Popcorn Buckets Of the films showcased at this year’s New York Film Festival, few reach the heart with the magic of Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck. This meaningful look at two children searching for truth captivates from its opening frame until, two hours later, we don’t want to let go. Like any Haynes film, Wonderstruck uses the visual language of film to tell its story in ways dialogue cannot create. Rather than burden the piece with too many words, Haynes lets images tell the tale and enables expression to advance the narrative. That the plot involves the challenges of the … Read more

Movie Menu: Hocus Pocus, Addams Family Values, The Help, Wuthering Heights and more

Looking for a movie to watch this weekend? Take a look at what you can enjoy without leaving home. Here’s what will be playing on broadcast and cable television. Friday October 20 Addams Family Values (1993) Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia return to the mysterious world of a somewhat sinister family in this follow up to the original movie hit. The second installment is light, fun and wonderfully odd. 4:15 p.m. Friday and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Freeform Hocus Pocus (1993) Bette Midler, soon to end her Broadway run in Hello, Dolly, shines in this delightful Disney rendition of what happens … Read more

Movie Menu: Titanic, Smokey and the Bandit, The Help & more

Friday, October 13 The Bad Seed (1956) Eileen Heckart – who later won an Oscar for Butterflies Are Free – steals this look how parents can deny the challenges of raising children. Especially frightening ones. 4:30 p.m. TCM Titanic (1997) Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet choose an inconvenient time to fall in love in this overblown Oscar winner from director James Cameron. The boat takes a long time to sink. 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, VH-1   Saturday, October 14 Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Burt Reynolds and Sally Field travel the backroads of the South in this … Read more

The Reel Dad: Battle of the Sexes reveals inner conflicts

New Canaan's Brooke Deane and Ridgefield's Emily Laramie away a faceoff in the FCIAC girls ice hockey semifinal game at the Darien Ice Rink on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. — Dave Stewart photo

For all the memories that the new movie Battle of the Sexes may generate, this detailed recreation of tennis in 1973 is less a tale of sport than an exploration of bravery to confront personal truth. While the film may make us chuckle at how we once lived, it should make us think about the standards we held. This perceptive look at days gone by reminds us that battles for fairness and equality never end. They simply begin new games, sets and matches. Filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris — who gave us Little Miss Sunshine — let us know, … Read more

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