Movies on TV

Highlights for each day of the week

Monday, Aug. 26

Wonder Boys

Michael Douglas plays a screwup of a writing professor who finds himself mentoring Tobey Maguire and Katie Holmes in a perceptive comedy based on a Michael Chabon novel.(2000) 8 p.m., Sundance

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Tuesday, Aug. 27

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

A subway train is hijacked by ransom-seeking criminals in a genre workout most notable for capturing the grittiness of 1970s New York City. (1974) 10 p.m., TCM

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Melancholia

Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg watch as a rogue planet heads toward a collision with Earth in this strange, beautiful film from Lars von Trier. (2011) 3:35 p.m., The Movie Channel

Thursday, Aug. 29

The Matador

Pierce Brosnan plays a sort of secret agent with the shakes in a quirky comedy about a faltering assassin who befriends a businessman in Mexico City. With Greg Kinnear. (2005) 5:30 p.m., IFC

Friday, Aug. 30

The Green Mile

A prison guard befriends a death-row inmate with unusual powers in this drama derived from a Stephen King novel. Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan star. (1999) 8 p.m., AMC

Saturday, Aug. 31

Unfaithfully Yours

The music plays a key role in this great Preston Sturges comedy about a conductor (Rex Harrison) who suspects his wife is cheating. (1948) 3 p.m., TCM

Sunday, Sept. 1

Les Misérables

Not even Russell Crowe’s awful singing can spoil this full-throated, all-star adaptation of the huge Broadway hit. (2012) 5:15 p.m., HBO

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