TV film fare -- week of May 28, 2023
NEW YORK (OSV News) -- The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of May 28. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations.
Sunday, May 28, 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT (AMC) "The Guardian" (2006). Action drama about a veteran Coast Guard rescue swimmer (Kevin Costner) who, after losing a colleague, temporarily hangs up his fins to teach at a Coast Guard academy, where he locks horns with a cocky recruit (Ashton Kutcher). Despite treading water for most of its first hour that plays like a commercial for the Coast Guard, director Andrew Davis' formulaic film is kept afloat by appealing performances, exciting rescue sequences and an admirable theme about sacrificing one's life for others. Intense scenes of peril, including a harrowing helicopter crash, implied sexual encounters and a tacit approval of casual sex, a brief bar fight, an instance of the f-word, as well as some crude language and profanity. The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association rating was PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Sunday, May 28, 5-7:55 p.m. EDT (AMC) "Cast Away" (2000). Finely crafted drama in which a harried businessman (Tom Hanks) is transformed after surviving a plane crash that leaves him stranded on an uninhabited island for four years before he makes a daring escape in hopes of returning to the woman (Helen Hunt) he loves. With Hanks' superb performance at its center, director Robert Zemeckis' film movingly probes what matters most when someone is stripped of his everyday life and possessions. A violent accident and an instance of profanity. The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating was PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Tuesday, May 30, 8-10:30 p.m. EDT (TCM) "North by Northwest" (1959). Stylish tongue-in-cheek thriller in which a suave advertising executive (Cary Grant), mistaken for a spy by foreign agents (James Mason and Martin Landau) and suspected of murder by the police, is chased from the United Nations to Mount Rushmore, with some time out along the way for romance with a double agent (Eva Marie Saint). Though the plot is only an excuse for some dandy suspense sequences (most memorably, the deadly crop-dusting plane in the middle of nowhere), director Alfred Hitchcock is at his most playful in manipulating the innocent hero and the viewer through an intricate maze of menace. Stylized violence and discreet sexual references. The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association.
Friday, June 2, 6:15-8 p.m. EDT (Showtime) "Double Jeopardy" (1999). Sleek thriller in which a probation officer (Tommy Lee Jones) chases a parolee (Ashley Judd) across the country to prevent her from murdering the two-timing husband (Bruce Greenwood) who framed her. Director Bruce Beresford's straightforward fugitive story maintains suspense without relying single-mindedly on the expected revenge motive. Some violence, a shadowy sexual encounter and intermittent profanity and rough language. The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association rating was R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Saturday, June 3, 10 p.m.-midnight EDT (TCM) "The Great Imposter" (1960). Intriguing fact-based story of Ferdinand W. Demara, Jr. (Tony Curtis), who carried off his curious compulsion to assume false identities with convincing assurance as military officer, Trappist novice, prison warden, doctor on a Canadian warship and schoolteacher. Director Robert Mulligan uses a fine supporting cast to give weight to the circumstances of each impersonation, with Curtis easy to take in the role of a likable fraud who uses bogus credentials in ways that help others. Some menace and mild romantic complications. The OSV News classification of the theatrical version was A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association.
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