Movies for Mom on Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner. As families seek the perfect outings to show the mothers in their lives how much they are appreciated, many choose to treat these ladies with a trip to the movie theater. Whether moms prefer dramas or comedies, there are several films about to hit the theater that are ideal selections for this holiday. Indulging in fun outings, such as trekking to the theater, is a great way to reduce stress and socialize with friends and family - both of which are key factors for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for seniors

"Belle"
This Jane Austen adaptation, set in 1769, follows Dido Elizabeth Belle, daughter of a British admiral and an enslaved African woman. After Belle's mother passes away, she is sent to live with her great-uncle, but must deal with class and racial conflicts to find her place in the world. As she grows older, she is pursued by two noblemen who want her hand in marriage - but, according to film critic Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post, the romantic storyline is not the point of focus of the film.

"The story transcends the predictable outcome of this love triangle," Merry wrote. "That thread is supplemented by the recurring theme of liberty and restriction. Dido was freed from slavery and poverty but remains imprisoned by societal prejudice, which pops up in the ugliest ways."

The film stars a number of renowned British actors, including Oscar-nominated Tom Wilkinson, Tom Felton from the "Harry Potter" series and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Belle.

"Moms' Night Out"
For those who prefer comedies, "Moms' Night Out" is the ideal option. This story follows a group of middle-aged women who want nothing more than a simple, fun night out - however, hilarity ensues after the mothers must leave their children in the care of their comically incompetent husbands. The movie not only follows the fathers as they attempt to put out fires around their homes, but also the mothers as they forge for a fun night of freedom. 

Entertainment Weekly reported that while the film may feel generic at times, it's a fun option for those going to the movies as a family. This lighthearted flick is ideal for those looking for a laugh. The stars include "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Patricia Heaton, Grammy-nominated Trace Adkins, "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sarah Drew and Oscar-nominated Sean Astin.