Critic’s Pick: ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Psycho,’ ‘Mommie Dearest’

"The Sound of Music" is showing on Mother's Day.
(20th Century Fox)

No matter whether your mother’s taste — or your memory of her, for that matter — is sweet or sour, the American Cinematheque has Mother’s Day programming to suit the occasion. If your mom likes things sweet, the Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre in Santa Monica features a 5 p.m. screening of “The Sound of Music,” with Julie Andrews and all those Von Trapp children singing their little hearts out. On the other hand, if your mom enjoys the dark end of the street, the Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood features the hair-frying 7:30 p.m. double bill of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the Joan Crawford biopic “Mommie Dearest,” starring Faye Dunaway as the parentally challenged star. It’s nice to have a choice, my mother would say, and she’d be right.