Five fabulous flicks to watch July 31-August 6

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Start the weekend — and next week — right with these great films. All times ET.

July 31
Training Day (2001)
Denzel Washington took home the Oscar for Best Actor in 2002 for his role in this film directed by Antoine Fuqua, playing an experienced cop who knows how to manipulate justice to his own advantage. As he shows a rookie (played by Ethan Hawke) the ropes, the flaws in the system become painfully apparent. AMC, 5pm

August 1
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Henry Fonda gives the performance of a lifetime as Tom Joad in this stark adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel about Depression-era America and the disillusionment of the working class. TCM, 8pm

August 2
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Quentin Tarantino wrote and stars, alongside George Clooney, in this story of a pair of gangsters on the run from a law that meet up with an exotic dancer (Salma Hayek in her breakout role) and her snake (and little else) in a south of the border run by some really evil characters. If you like Tarantino-level violence and know nothing about this film, so much the better! FLIX, 8pm

August 4
Somewhere In Time (1980)
Christopher Reeve stars as a lonely playwright who falls in love with the portrait of an actress and wills himself back in time to meet her. The result is a magical fantasy, one of the great classic romance films of all time. MPLX, 9pm

August 6
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Jack Nicholson plays Harry Sanborn, a perennial bachelor with a reputation for dating and ditching younger women. On a romantic getaway with a girl young enough to pass as his granddaughter, the pair discover their retreat is already occupied by the girl’s mother, Erica (Diane Keaton). When Harry suffers a heart attack, Erica ends up alone with him and the sparks are quick to fly.

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