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  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable musical with fine Blunt , Miranda and Wishaw. Nice tunes although none are as instantly catchy as the 1964 original.
    Set design, special effects all fine.
    Yet it’s missing something.
    Blunt plays a sharper, unemotional Poppins as opposed to Andrews  warmer version. Perhaps Blunt’s is closer to the character invented by Travers but I’d rather have Andrews as a nanny . Blunt also seems more subversive in her dealing with Wishaw-she calls him sir but she seems to be…

  • Mark of the Vampire

    Mark of the Vampire

    ★★½

    Unsatisfying ending mars this fairly good mystery thriller. The actors give it their best. Browning’s direction is stylish but occasionally slow by today’s standards.
    Fun for True Blood fans as many of the tropes and mythology from True Blood can be found here.