Whether the weather is bad, the children are ill, or you just fancy staying in for once, here are my top choices for the forthcoming weekend.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Saturday, 16 June, 3.45pm-6.00pm
Classic Spielberg about a boy and a benevolent alien visitor with a penchant for Reese’s Pieces. Look out for a young Drew Barrymore, and a young Erika Eleniak.
Saturday, 16 June, 6.00pm-8.00pm
More than just a different spin on Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee is a rather charming tale of naughty children who, through the careful discipline of the titular character, come to realise the errors of their ways. The sequel is almost better than this original, so definitely worth checking out.
Saturday, 16 June, 1.00pm-3.20pm
Richard Donner - who gave the world The Goonies, Superman, and The Omen (that last perhaps not for children…) - has fun with the fantasy world, in which Matthew Broderick stars alongside Michelle Pfeiffer (hello) and Rutger Hauer. It’s silly, and may have aged poorly, but it’s classic fantasy.
Last Action Hero
Sunday, 17 June, 1.30pm-3.50pm
It may be fashionable to hate on this, but I love its silly charm. Schwarzenegger plays right into type, but the self-referential nature of the film gives it a lot of fun. It may be too clever-clever, but it never takes itself seriously.