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RELIC
2020, IFC Midnight, 89 min, Australia/USA, Dir: Natalie Erika James

When elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. With RELIC, first-time writer-director Natalie Erika James crafts an unforgettable new spin on the haunted-house movie.


MARY (2019)
2019, 84 min, Dir: Michael Goi

Genre stalwart and four-time Emmy-nominated cinematographer Michael Goi returns to the director’s chair for a nautical horror that crawls under the skin and refuses to leave long after. Gary Oldman stars as David, a man looking to start a charter yacht business with his partner (Emily Mortimer). When a deal too good to be true comes their way, David acquires a boat with a sinister history, and soon the couple are on their way to the high seas. It’s not long before something malignant begins to manifest itself onboard the ancient boat.


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.


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