MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 9

Mother’s Day Weekend beings three fine new films-two based on true stories-that focus on women of all ages and stages of life.     Belle Handsomely filmed, beautifully acted, the true story of a half-African woman raised in an aristocrat’s home at the tail end of slavery in the British Empire takes some of the hard themes studied in 12 Years a Slave and wraps them in Jane Austen finery. The luminous Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays the title role; Tom Wilkinson …

Is Patricia Heaton ‘America’s Mom’?

You might call Patricia Heaton “America’s  Mom”: She played the harried mom of three kids (including twins) for nine years on Everybody Loves Raymond. She has starred for five years as the hanging-by-a-thread mom on The Middle. And now she’s on the big screen as the flummoxed mom of a teenage girl in the new comedy Moms’ Night Out. So, Patricia Heaton must really like playing mothers, right? Well, yes, but that comes with a caveat: “Let me clear up …