Before they hand out the Academy Awards Sunday, here are some gotta-sees for busy Moms.
|Date with Dad: After the kids pass out, check out George Clooney in Michael Clayton on DVD. The best picture nominated thriller will keep even the drowsiest of Dads awake. And for Moms...did we mention George Clooney? If it's lady's choice, book a sitter. Juno, also up for best picture, is sweet, funny and still in theaters. Is a movie about a pregnant 16-year-old the best choice for a grown-up date? If it gets you out of the house sans-kids, it's a winner.|
|Family Movie: A rodent in the kitchen is a good thing when it comes to Ratatouille, nominated for best animated film. Available on DVD, it's clever, not painful for grown up viewers like some kid flicks, and completely suitable for the younger crowd. Seen it? Then try Surf's Up, also in the running for best animated picture. The DVD mockumentary follows a persevering penguin who dreams of winning a surfing competition. Though it waddles in the footsteps of other arctic faves like March of the Penguins and Happy Feet, if you see one penguin pic this weekend, make it this one!|
|After everyone else has gone to bed: There are no "guilty pleasure" escapist films vying for Oscars this year, so how about a good cry in the dark? One of the best meaty yet melancholy character-driven nominees is Away From Her, a bittersweet tale of the sacrifices a husband and wife make for each other when she's diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Too heavy? Best Screenplay contender Lars and the Real Girl is a compelling romance of a different sort. The story of a man who learns to love by dating a blow-up doll sneaks up on you, and suddenly, you're weeping. Don't believe us? See for yourself.|