Love ya mum… and ya mum is going to love receiving one of these great movies and TV series this Mother’s Day. Whether it’s a musical-romance, an Oscar-winning biopic, a whip-smart teen flick or some beloved TV dramas, JB has something to make every mum’s day!
MOVIES FOR MUM
A STAR IS BORN (2018)
There’s a reason Hollywood loves to remake A Star Is Born – the narrative can be neatly updated into whichever scene is resonating in the current era. This time around it’s the tour-heavy modern music jag, with Bradley Cooper as the messed-up rock star Jackson Maine and Lady Gaga as the spunky aspiring songstress, Ally. The result is a hugely entertaining and moving update of a timeless tale.
Best friends Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) have spent their high school years being as studious as possible, and with summer break just around the corner, it’s time to cut loose! This super-smart teen flick superbly captures the intensity of adolescence and proves that while tech, fashions and language may change, the high school experience remains timeless.
Amazing Grace documents the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (aged 29), recording her album of the same name – the most popular gospel album of all time and also Aretha’s highest-selling record. Her medley of You’ve Got a Friend and Precious Lord, Take My Hand wonderfully showcases her amazing, God-given gift. May Aretha’s spiritual legacy live on…
Renée Zellweger delivers a heartfelt – and Oscar-winning – performance as the legendary Judy Garland in this earnest biopic based on Peter Quilter’s Broadway play, End of the Rainbow. Focusing on the last year of the star’s life, Judy is liberally seasoned with flashbacks to her Hollywood heyday and the score features some her best-known songs, marvellously performed by Zellweger.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, TV’s The West Wing) makes his directorial debut with this dynamic biopic on ‘Poker Princess’ Molly Bloom (played by the always radiant Jessica Chastain), who hosts illegal high stakes poker games for Hollywood celebs. Building a multi-million dollar underground empire, she becomes the real power player in a game dominated by powerful men.
Figure skater Tonya Harding achieved infamy in 1994 when she was involved in a scandal involving the hobbling of rival Nancy Kerrigan. I, Tonya turns this debacle into a lurid, pitch black comedy that doesn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story, and features a career-best performance from Margot Robbie in the title role. Allison Janney is also a highlight as Tonya’s foul-mouthed mum.
LA LA LAND
6 Academy Awards, 6 Golden Globes, and unanimous acclaim from critics and audiences. This musical-romance is a thoroughly endearing story about falling in love and following your dreams, with an old-fashioned Hollywood flavour. Punctuated by smooth jazz numbers from John Legend and The Messengers, it’s a charming ode to the magic of movie musicals.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, this gripping psychological thriller stars Emily Blunt as a commuter who becomes obsessed with a seemingly perfect couple she observes each day from her train window. When one of them goes missing and a mystery man appears to be involved, she reports her suspicions to the police, but we quickly learn she’s a far from reliable witness…
TV FOR MUM
THIS IS US: SEASON 1
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia are an expectant couple; Sterling K. Brown a successful lawyer; Justin Hartley a sexy sitcom star; and Chrissy Metz is struggling with weight problems. All of them share the same birthday. An intimate study of a diverse character group, this Stateside smash hit plays to the rhythms of life, tackling issues a majority of viewers can relate to – it’s all right there in the title!
OUTLANDER: SEASON 4
With its out-of-time romance and frequently shirtless handsome hero, Outlander is a show that mums love – for the history and storytelling of course! Reunited and relocated, Claire and Jamie face new challenges as they navigate colonial era America, circa 1767. Season Four shifts the focus back to the central couple, whose resilient relationship has always been the heart and soul of the show.
DOWNTON ABBEY: THE COMPLETE SERIES
A British soap dressed up as a posh period drama, Downton Abbey became a cultural phenomenon over six acclaimed seasons and a recent feature film. Let mum settle in with a nice cup of tea and explore the decorous halls of the eponymous Crawley family estate with this 24-disc set that contains all 52 episodes including the Christmas specials, and hours of exclusive bonus material.
DEATH IN PARADISE: SERIES 9
Devotees of this clever British whodunit series will revel in watching determined Detective Inspector Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) and his team struggle to solve more baffling murders on the idyllic Caribbean island of Saint Marie, beginning with a stabbing on New Year’s Eve. And the plot thickens when a romantic encounter upends Jack’s life, and a new DI arrives on the island.