With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we're thinking about beloved movie moms, particularly the actresses who time and time again have taken maternal roles and made them memorable. The first person who comes to mind? Meryl Streep. She's been a mom who sings, a mom who psychoanalyzes, and of course, a complicated mom. Here are my five top mom parts from her acting arsenal.
February has come and gone, taking its entertainment hits and misses with it, but March looks even sunnier (and it's not just the promise of Spring). With so many highly anticipated movies, music, and TV, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few, but here they are — my must haves for the new month.
This year we were treated to a bevy of new animated classics. We saw a favorite children's book retold on the big screen, a fairy tale with memorable makeover, and a brand-new, foxy hero as leading man of his own fantastic story. Each of these films made for a good time at the movies with the kids, but we want to know which nabbed the title of favorite in your house? Keep casting your vote for all your top picks of the year — check out the rest of my Best of 2009 polls!
Fall means back to school, cooling temperatures, changing leaves . . . and a whole lot of new movies. I'm helping you sort through the coming releases by giving you my recommendations — I already talked about which dramas, comedies, and romances to see — but there are a few movies that don't fit perfectly into any of those categories. But what they are is exciting — check out the best of the rest of upcoming Fall flicks.
Some of my favorite directors are just rollin' out the trailers today — first the Coen brothers with A Serious Man, now Wes Anderson with his forthcoming project The Fantastic Mr. Fox. This animated film is based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name and follows a family of foxes and their animal associates as they struggle against the farmers who want to dig out their neighborhood.
I'm not sure whether the first word to describe this trailer should be "bizarre" or "hilarious" — but either way, I know I want to see this movie. George Clooney as Mr. Fox and Bill Murray as the "demolitions expert" badger seem like particularly inspired bits of casting, and Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox isn't far behind. The trailer really won me over about halfway through, when the foxes start doing things like making bandit masks out of spare tube socks and drugging beagles with blueberries. Not unlike Where the Wild Things Are, it looks like a cross between a children's classic and a film hipsters will adore.
The movie — which Anderson co-wrote with The Squid and the Whale's Noah Baumbach — will be opening the London Film Festival in October and then hitting US theaters on Nov. 13. To check out the trailer, just read more