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.


SCROOGE
1970, Hollywood Classics, 113 min, Dir: Ronald Neame

SCROOGE, 1970, Hollywood Classics, 113 min. Albert Finney is a gleefully wicked Scrooge in this glorious musical adaptation by Leslie Bricusse of Dickens’ ode to brotherhood and the terrible power of karma. Director Ronald Neame was a longtime Dickens veteran, having produced David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS and OLIVER TWIST; here, he proved himself to be a wonderfully humorous and sympathetic filmmaker in his own right. Co-starring Alec Guinness, Edith Evans and Kenneth More.


HEAD
1968, Rhino Entertainment, 86 min, USA, Dir: Bob Rafelson

This head-tripping psychedelic delight, written and produced by Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson, stars Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones - better known as The Monkees. The film succeeded in demolishing the group’s mythology and in creating its own, fracturing their cheeky TV image (and helping lay the groundwork for MTV) with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes. Features a mind-blowing gallery of 1960s icons including Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Sonny Liston and Frank Zappa, not to mention a bizarre cameo by Victor Mature!


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