Below, in tabular form, are my recommendations for TV movie viewing this weekend and on into next week. The feature has text in red. This issue features, Rob Roy - pictured here at the left, which will have a special Agora entry with an original review and several purchase selections by its second showing. Rare or highlighted showings are in blue (once in a "blue moon") with showings of previous features in maroon (an "older" red). Subscription information is listed below.

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17-Jun 12:00 AM SHO Rob Roy (1995) In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future. Liam Neeson, Tim Roth and Jessica Lange star. 
17-Jun 1:30 AM HBOF Starman (1984) An alien (Jeff Bridges) assumes the shape of a young widow's (Karen Allen) husband and gets her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
17-Jun 11:05 AM SHO Bananas (1971) Woody Allen wrote, directed and stars as a nervous New Yorker involved in the overthrow of a corrupt South American government to impress a girl back home. 
17-Jun 3:30 PM MMAX The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Eddie Murphy portrays a maverick former space smuggler who transforms a seedy nightclub on the moon into a thriving business.
17-Jun 5:30 PM HBO2 Minority Report (2002) Futuristic tale about a cop who turns fugitive after the crime-forecasting unit in which he works predicts he will commit a murder.
17-Jun 6:00 PM HBOS Mildred Pierce (1945) Drama about a woman whose obsessive concern for her daughter's welfare leads to murder. Nominated for a total of six Oscars(R), including Best Picture, Joan Crawford won the 1945 Best Actress Oscar(R) for her performance; with Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden and Bruce Bennett.
18-Jun 4:00 AM HBOF Emma (1996)  Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. Central planning at the personal level fails.
18-Jun 2:30 PM HBO2 Gods and Generals (2003) This prequel to Gettysburg is an unusually balanced depiction of the War Between the States. It is based on the book by Jeff Shaara.
18-Jun 6:01 PM FMC Edward Scissorhands (1990) A fantasy tale of a young man created with scissors for hands. 
18-Jun 8:00 PM TCM A Tale Of Two Cities (1935) Charles Dickens's classic story of two men in love with the same woman during the French Revolution. Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Edna May Oliver. D: Jack Conway. 
18-Jun 10:30 PM TCM The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) The bandit king of Sherwood Forest leads his Merry Men in a battle against the corrupt Prince John. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone. D: William Keighley, Michael Curtiz. 
19-Jun 12:05 AM SHO3 Rob Roy (1995) In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future. Liam Neeson, Tim Roth and Jessica Lange star. 
19-Jun 6:00 AM TCM Sister Kenny (1946) True story of the Australian nurse who fought to gain acceptance for her polio-treatment methods. Rosalind Russell, Dean Jagger, Alexander Knox. D: Dudley Nichols.
19-Jun 8:01 AM FMC Edward Scissorhands (1990) A fantasy tale of a young man created with scissors for hands. 
19-Jun 10:15 PM SHO Equilibrium (2002) In a fascist future where all forms of art (and feeling) are illegal, a man charged with enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. Starring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs and Angus MacFadyen; written and directed by Kurt Wimmer
20-Jun 12:05 AM HBOF Starman (1984) An alien (Jeff Bridges) assumes the shape of a young widow's (Karen Allen) husband and gets her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
20-Jun 5:00 AM MAX Victor/Victoria (1982)  She's a down-on-her-luck singer who dresses like a man to get work as a female impersonator. Not exactly 'The Sound Of Music' (or Mary Poppins) stars Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston and Lesley Ann Warren directed by Blake Edwards.
20-Jun 8:00 AM TCM Captains Courageous (1937)  A spoiled rich boy is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man. Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore. D: Victor Fleming.
20-Jun 12:35 PM MAX Unlawful Entry (1992) Michael and Karen thought their troubles were over when the cops arrived, but one of the officers is a psycho obsessed with Karen....
20-Jun 2:00 PM TCM To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) A young girl grows up fast when her lawyer father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford. D: Robert Mulligan.
20-Jun 2:30 PM MAX Catch Me If You Can (2002) Based on the true story of a successful con artist who operates under several identities long outwitting the FBI. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Dir: Steven Spielberg
20-Jun 3:00 PM HBO2 Emma (1996)  Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. Central planning at the personal level fails.
20-Jun 5:00 PM HBOS Nuts (1987) Barbra Streisand plays a high-priced call girl who kills a client in self-defense. She refuses the easy way out: copping a plea of insanity. Richard Dreyfuss plays her lawyer.
20-Jun 8:00 PM FLIX Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) This movie is based on George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
21-Jun 4:25 AM HBOS All the President's Men (1976) Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.
21-Jun 8:45 AM SHO Strictly Ballroom (1992)  Brave new dance steps, a new partner and determination to innovate against the powers that be is a formula for an excellent movie !!! Other showings on Showtime Next & Women channels.
21-Jun 11:00 PM TCM Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) A man's encounter with a UFO leaves him changed and driven to penetrate a government UFO cover-up. Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr. D: Steven Spielberg.
22-Jun 12:45 AM SHO3 Rob Roy (1995) In the highlands of Scotland in the 1700s, Rob Roy tries to lead his small town to a better future. Liam Neeson, Tim Roth and Jessica Lange star. 
22-Jun 6:00 AM TCM Ninotchka (1939) A cold hearted Soviet agent is warmed up by a trip to Paris and a night of love. Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire. D: Ernst Lubitsch.
22-Jun 6:30 AM MAX Dark Victory (1939) This memorable drama gave Bette Davis one of her finest roles--a spoiled young heiress who learns she has less than a year to live.
22-Jun 12:00 PM SHO2 Equilibrium (2002) In a fascist future where all forms of art (and feeling) are illegal, a man charged with enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. Starring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs and Angus MacFadyen; written and directed by Kurt Wimmer
22-Jun 4:00 PM TCM The Strawberry Blonde (1941 An entrepreneurial dentist seeks justice for past wrongs and finds he has no reason for envy. James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Jack Carson, Rita Hayworth. D: Raoul Walsh.
22-Jun 9:00 PM SHO2 Equilibrium (2002) In a fascist future where all forms of art (and feeling) are illegal, a man charged with enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. Starring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs and Angus MacFadyen; written and directed by Kurt Wimmer
23-Jun 12:00 AM TCM Crisis (1950) An American doctor gets caught in the middle of a revolution when he's forced to operate on a South American dictator. Cary Grant, Jose Ferrer, Paula Raymond. D: Richard Brooks.
23-Jun 2:00 AM TCM None but the Lonely Heart (1944) A young ne'er-do-well tries to get his life on track to help his ailing mother. Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald. D: Clifford Odets.
23-Jun 3:20 AM MMAX After Hours (1985) Hang on for a wild ride through New York City's late-night underground scene in this outrageous comedy directed by Martin Scorsese.
23-Jun 5:00 AM MMAX Pale Rider (1985) Clint makes your day in this two-fisted, pistol-packing adventure in the tradition of the great Hollywood westerns.
23-Jun 4:30 PM TCM Doctor Zhivago (1965) A poet's life during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution. Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger. D: David Lean.
23-Jun 8:01 PM FMC The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) An alien lands with a mysterious robot and tells the people of Earth they must live peacefully or…. Classic SF….Klaatu barata nikto. Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal; Dir: Robert Wise


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Name Description
FMC Fox Movie Channel
HBO Home Box Office
HBO2 Home Box Office 2
HBOF Home Box Office Family
HBOS Home Box Office Signature
MAX Cinemax
MMAX Cinemax MoreMax
SHO Showtime
SHO2 Showtime Too
SHO3 Showtime Showcase
SHO X Showtime extreme
FLIX Showtime classic movies
SUND Sundance Channel
TMC The Movie Channel
TCM Turner Classic Movies

The last issue of This Weekend is here. I hope you enjoy this new capability and please share your thoughts on it with me via e-mail.

This is a work in progress.  I hope to improve its format as time passes.
Currently it is based on a weekly survey from Thursday to the next Wednesday
on channels that show movies without interruptions (commercial or otherwise):
Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, HBO(s), Cinemax(s), Showtime(s) and The Movie Channel.
Some channels listed may be part of basic service and some may be premiums.
(if a channel has both East and West instances, only the eastern one is listed above).