Five Fabulous Flicks

Start the weekend — and next week — right with these films airing May 22-28. All times ET.

May 22
Sixteen Candles
Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald earned Best Actor and Actress Young Artists Awards for their breakout roles in this hilarious comedy about a girl with a crush, a teen heartthrob who finds her intriguing and a geek trying to survive high school who acts as their go-between. Written by John Hughes, who made his debut as a director with this film. Retro, 6:25pm

Lindsey Lohan in Mean Girls
Lindsey Lohan in "Mean Girls"

May 23
Mean Girls (2004)
Back then, Tina Fey’s career was just starting to really take off, and Lindsay Lohan’s had yet to become a tabloid sensation. For a golden moment, the two came together on this project, one of the wittiest and most sharply written comedies about the turbulent, hormone-fueled years of adolescence and the mistakes that people make as they navigate them. ABC Family, 8pm

May 24
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
To call this a cult film hardly does it justice. It’s the visionary and disturbing story of an emaciated alien (David Bowie) who comes to Earth intent to raise a fortune and use it to save his family who are trapped on a dying planet. It’s not a film you will love, even if you’re a Bowie fan, but it’s one whose images may haunt you. Sundance Channel, 4:15 pm

May 25
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Tom Hanks’ major-film directorial debut about fictional ’60s one-hit wonders The Wonders is a delightfully playful-yet-wise comedy about the fleeting nature of fame, getting what one wants, and the true definition of happiness. But never mind all of that — it’s hilarious, and the title song is still catchy after all these years. One of the great rock ‘n’ roll movies of all time. Encore, 6pm

May 27
Quigley Down Under (1990)
American sharpshooter Matt Quigley (Tom Selleck) is hired by an unscrupulous Australian rancher. But when he arrives in the Outback and learns he will be shooting Aborigines, he changes sides. Soon he’s befriending the natives he was hired to shoot and romancing a half-mad displaced American woman. A great blend of action and comedy. AMC, 11pm

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