"Mr. Holland's Opus" airs Saturday, Sept. 5, 1:30 PM PDT on Showtime. Richard Dreyfuss stars in the story of music and devotion.
NEW YORK — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of Aug. 30. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations.
The misfortunes of its principal characters become mildly miserable for the audience of the glum sci-fi adventure "Fantastic Four" (Fox). Parents of the teens at whom this origin story, drawn from the Marvel Comics series, is squarely aimed will want to be aware, moreover, of late scenes featuring some harsh bloodletting. These forays into mayhem make the downbeat film doubtful fare even for older adolescents.
Another cultural landmark of the baby-boomer generation returns to the foreground with the arrival of the breezy espionage yarn "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (Warner Bros.). The droll humor that punctuates director and co-writer Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the mid-1960s television series, as well as the James Bond-style glamour that permeates it, will likely please viewers. But they'll find little of substance to take away with them once the final credits roll.