MARY POPPINS RETURNS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Much of the sequel’s spellcasting must be credited to Emily Blunt who wisely avoids impersonating Julie Andrews’ iconic, Oscar-winning, movie star-making turn in the beloved 1964 classic Mary Poppins. Blunt plays the mysteriously magical nanny with a spoonful of sugar cut with a refreshing helping of tartness, mixed with her warm singing voice.

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re looking for a jolly holiday gift that’s “practically perfect,” take everyone – kids and grandparents included – to see this enchanting, utterly delightful Disney sequel. It’s set in 1930s London, long after Mary Poppins original 1964 visit. Grown-up Michael Banks is now a widower, and his labor-activist sister Jane has come to help him with his three little children.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ plus Chastain, Bening and Kidman get gigs and Women in Special Effects — Brandy McDonnell reports

Disney has announced that production on “Mary Poppins Returns,” the studio’s sequel to its 1964 “Mary Poppins,” has commenced at

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 3 – October 7: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Paula Hawkins’s runaway successful novel The Girl on the Train is part of a new genre called ‘Mom Noir’, along with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and a number of other titles. The numbers are always touted when talking about such literary phenomena. What is less celebrated is the quality of the books themselves. Opening Oct. 7, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Girl on the Train, Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 18 – April 24: THE HUNTSMAN WINTER’S WAR

Opening April 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the lavish sequel to 2012 fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman. Charlize Theron returns as evil queen Ravenna, who is locked in a bitter war with her sister Freya (Emily Blunt). Read on…

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