WILD MOUNTAIN THYME – Review by Martha K Baker

John Patrick Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme might have worked better as a play, especially in the intimate, yet opaque dialogues, but as the plot unscrolls, it works as a story, a classic Irish tale of love and land. As a film, it holds Ireland in the camera’s eye.

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WILD MOUNTAIN THYME – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

When the trailer for Wild Mountain Thyme first landed, Irish folk grabbed their verbal shalaylees and cried foul over what they condemned as dodgy Emerald Isle accents and corny “Erin Go Bragh” clichés. Having now seen the film myself, those impressions aren’t totally wrong.

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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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Emily Blunt on THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN — Gill Pringle interviews

Emily Blunt gasped in horror when she first saw her transformation into a blotchy-faced alcoholic trainwreck, the unlikely heroine of The Girl on the Train. “It was hard seeing myself look so awful. I came into work with no make-up and they would make me look even worse, adding rosacea and bags. I could barely look at my own reflection.”

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