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MARY POPPINS RETURNS Family Movie Review

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Based on the stories by P. L. Travers, this lovely family-friendly film is, as Mary Poppins would say, “practically perfect in every way.”  It has the magic, wonder, fun, style, and spirit of the original movie while providing new talent and new musical numbers.  It is not a remake, but a sequel. The 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins became a classic and has warmed ...[Read More]

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HUGO Family Movie Review

HUGO REVIEW (GRADE: A)   Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorcese takes his first shot at family filmmaking with Hugo, an enchantingly imaginative, artistically dazzling, and emotionally involving work that stands among the very best movies of the year. I knew nothing about the story going in; I simply knew that word of mouth was strong. Allow me to do you a favor and not divulge anything about the plo ...[Read More]

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CARS 2 Family Movie Review

 CARS 2 (Grade: C)     REVIEW: The first Cars film is, I think, unfairly maligned by critics and some Pixar fans who consider it to be one of the studio's lesser efforts. While I wasn't very impressed by it initially, repeat viewings for my master's thesis warmed me to its earnest morality, nostalgia for small-town America, and charming characters. This average sequel scraps most of what made the ...[Read More]