MARY POPPINS RETURNS
2018, Walt Disney Studios, 130 min, Dir: Rob Marshall

Set in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written), this all-new musical and sequel follows the next generation of the Banks family and their practically perfect nanny. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is now a grown man with three children of his own and a temporary job with the same financial institution that employed his father. With the tough economic times and the recent death of Michael’s wife, the Banks home is in a constant state of chaos and the children are burdened with far too many adult responsibilities. Sending the already frazzled Michael into a further tailspin is the news that foreclosure proceedings have begun on the house. Fortunately, the wind begins to change as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) enters their lives once again to take the Banks family on a series of whimsical adventures and bring life, love and laughter back into their home. Co-starring Julie Walters, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dyke.


ON THE NIGHT STAGE
1915, 62 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker

William S. Hart, plays “Silent” Texas Smith, a man to whom actions speak louder than words in this Western. A new parson (Robert Edeson) converts saloon dancer Belle Shields (Rhea Mitchell), drawing her away from her stagecoach robber boyfriend (Hart) – until she attracts the attention of a ne’er do well gambler. While Edeson received top billing, Hart’s charismatic virility and acting genius made him a natural standout in his second feature length film. Producer Thomas H. Ince assigned Reginald Barker to direct but the film contains the unmistakable stamp of Hart’s intuitive grasp of the new medium. With its terrifically staged, massive saloon fight, this is a wonderfully enjoyable example of early American feature filmmaking.


ROBOWAR
ROBOT DA GUERRA
1988, Flora Film, 92 min, Italy, Dir: Bruno Mattei

Ever seen PREDATOR? Well, the makers of ROBOWAR sure did. Reb Brown (YOR: HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE) leads a squad of commandos through the unforgiving jungles for some reason while being stalked by a robotic killer wearing a motorcycle helmet.


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