by Mark Schumann
The Reel Dad
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at the movies with some favorite films that remind how special these ladies can be.
Check out what’s available on broadcast and cable television.
Friday May 12
Forrest Gump (1994)
Sally Field plays a most caring mother of a most special son in this Oscar winner from director Robert Zemeckis. Yes, life is like a box of chocolates.
4:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday VH1
Queen Latifah is the “mother of the prison” in this Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Broadway musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Catherine Zeta-Jones also won an Oscar.
8 p.m. Flix
2 p.m. Sunday
The Graduate (1967)
Anne Bancroft is a most unconventional mother in this classic comedy directed by Oscar winner Mike Nichols. Yes, here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. Dustin Hoffman costars.
8 p.m. TCM
Saturday May 13
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Sally Field again plays a mother, only this time she’s less an inspiration than an impediment to Robin Williams’ efforts to stay connected to his children after a divorce. And he gets an idea.
11:10 a.m. FreFm
The Parent Trap
Maureen O’Hara is the loving mother of a girl who accidentally meets her twin sister at camp. It seems the parents each took a child after the divorce. But Walt Disney has other ideas.
12 noon and 5 p.m. CMT
Sunday May 14
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Meryl Streep shines as a grand dame of business who finds herself challenged by the realities of motherhood. Thank goodness she has a dutiful assistant to help her play the role.
11 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. Flix
The Blind Side (2009)
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for portraying a strong-willed mother who opens her heart and home to a young man in desperate need. Bullock shines as she reveals how good people can be.
12 noon and 9 p.m. CMT
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Faye Dunaway was scorned for this vicious portrayal of legendary actress Joan Crawford. But it’s a lot of fun to watch especially when Faye goes over-the-top with maternal intuition.
12 noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. IFC
Susan Sarandon shines as a woman who devotes her life to her children and tries to protect them from the instincts of the new lady in her ex-husband’s life. Julia Roberts costars.
12 noon Sundance
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her multi-layered look at a career woman who regrets how she parents her children. Crawford invests in the role with the gusto of a true movie star.
2 p.m. TCM
Into the Woods (2014)
Meryl Streep sings her way through an Oscar-nominated performance as a witch of a woman who still loves the daughter she sent away. Stephen Sondheim’s musical hums on screen.
5:15 p.m. TBS
Imitation of Life (1959)
Lana Turner delivers one of her strongest performance as a self-absorbed career woman who experiences the outcome of dismissing her daughter for many years. Sandra Dee costars.
5:45 p.m. TCM