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Apocalypse Now Redux, 2001
Sunday, 12:32 pm., AMC
Released 22 years after the first version, this one, re-edited by Francis Ford Coppola and Walter Murch, is 53 minutes longer than the original and includes even more bizarre scenes. Added to the story of the rogue Army officer during the Vietnam War (Marlon Brando) are glimpses of the strange story of what happened to the Playboy bunnies after they entertained the troops, and how napalm can ruin even the best surfing conditions. If you’re a fan of the original, you gotta see this extended version. Also starring Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen.
State of Play, 2009
Wednesday, 8 a.m., USA
A crusty, veteran reporter (Russell Crowe) teams up with a rookie writer (Rachel McAdams) to uncover what he believes is a conspiracy in two unrelated deaths — one of a petty thief, and the other, a congressman’s (Ben Affleck) aid who falls in front of a subway car. Taut and tight, and Crowe is great.
Elvis Meets Nixon, 1997
Wed., 10:50 a.m., FLIX
The most insanely bizarre mockumentary you’re likely to see. Based on a real story, it begins in December 1970 when Elvis Presley (Rick Peter) is bored and looking for action. So he goes out for the first time without the “Memphis Mafia,” and heads to Washington, DC. with the idea of becoming a federal marshal under the DEA. There he meets the president of the United States, Richard Nixon (Bob Gunton), and they talk and take that now famous photo. Compared to Nixon, the naive and nutty Elvis looks like a genius. Truly worth the watch.
The Exorcist, 1973
Saturday, 8:30 p.m., BBC
One of my two favorite scary movies is this William Peter Blatty story of 12-year- old Regan (Linda Blair) — daughter of an actress, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), — who becomes possessed by a demonic spirit while MacNeil is filming in Washington, DC. MacNeil enlists the aid of two Catholic priests (Jason Miller and Max von Sydow), one of whom is an fire-and-brimstone exorcist. So terrifying, it’ll keep you up for, well, years.