HOLLYWOOD—This weekend we will be honoring, Mother’s Day. A celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood and the influence of mothers in society. One of the most popular ways people celebrate Mother’s Day is by giving their moms a card and a bouquet of flowers. Some take their moms out to lunch, dinner or to the movies. Just a day to spend time with their mother to show their love and appreciation. One way to spend some quality time is at the movies whether this weekend or in the coming months.
Offbeat comedies, superhero flicks and films straight out of Tribeca Film Festival and Sundance will be hitting the big screen this summer. Most of them are all spinoffs or sequels like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which was released on May 5. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillen and Michael Rooker, along with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, return as misfit superheroes in the Marvel sequel.
On May 12, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer are brilliant in the film titled “Snatched.” After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation to South America, Amy Schumer persuades her mother, Goldie Hawn to travel with her. They bond after being kidnapped on their vacation. Perfect timing for Mother’s Day. The movie stars, Hawn, Schumer, Joan Cusack, Wanda Sykes and many more.
On the same day, “Paris Can Wait,” will be released. It sure runs in the family, talent that is. Eleanor Coppola, the wife of Francis Ford Coppola is the director, in her first fiction feature. She has directed before- she was one of the filmmakers behind the documentary “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,” which went behind the scenes of “Apocalypse Now.”
One of the films of the Tribeca Film Festival, Eleanor Coppola shines through with her narrative directorial and screen debut at the age of 81 with the film “Paris Can Wait.” Anne (Diane Lane) and her high-powered film producer Michael (Alec Baldwin) are in France and plan to spend some much needed alone time in Paris. As with many business men, Michael is suddenly called away to Budapest on business. Enter Jacques (Arnaud Viard) an associate of Michael’s, who offers to spend some time with Anne, on an unexpectedly road trip filled with savoring cuisine, breathtaking scenery and intimate conversation with romance in the air. Coppola takes the audience on an elegant journey with unforeseen attractions arising.
Another Mother’s Day weekend flick would be “Lowriders,” where Gabriel Chavarria plays a Mexican-American street artist with big dreams in East Los Angeles; his creative aspirations put him at odds with his tough-love father (Demian Bichir) who runs a garage catering to the neighborhood’s lowrider scene. Theo Rossi plays his ex-con brother; Eva Longoria and Melissa Benoist also star in the movie.
Noa Koler stars in “The Wedding Plan.” The ultra-Orthodox filmmaker Rama Burshtein made one of the more intriguing recent splashes on the festival circuit with “Fill the Void,” in 2013, a Jewish take on Jane Austen themes. In the film, “The Wedding Plan,” called “Through the Wall,” at festivals, a 32-year-old (Noa Koler) pre-emptively plans a wedding, giving herself a three-week deadline to find a husband.
If you rather stay home and watch Netflix, films such as “Step Mom,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Postcards from the Edge,” and “Ricki and the Flash,” are films that place the spotlight on mother-daughter relationships that range from tension to whole-hearted support.
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