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Mary Poppins Returns

Set a few years after the original movie, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) are all grown up. Michael’s kids are in desperate need of a nanny following a personal loss and, magically, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) arrives to help the children rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

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Filling the shoes of Julie Andrews in the original Mary Poppins could not have been easy for Emily Blunt, due to the adoring audience of the original. Her portrayal is mostly great, but she is held back by the character’s excessive vanity. The special effects are superb and will captivate children and adults. Some scenes include hand drawn animations –  the first time a studio has used the technique  since Winnie the Pooh in 2011. However, fans of the original will be left wishing for more authenticity. – Bryan Turner

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Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Once again, “everything is awesome”. The Lego movie is back with The Second Part, showing how Emmet attempts to restore harmony to Bricksburg after the Duplo Invaders attack.

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The Lego Movie 2 picks up five years after the first movie ended and brings back all the beloved characters from the first film. Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and Unikitty are in for an even more action-packed adventure that will test the limits of Emmet’s master-building ability and eternal positivity. 

Their beloved Bricksburg is in ruins after a devastating attack of the Lego Duplo invaders from outer space. The very existence of play is at stake. The battle to restore harmony will take the friends to faraway, unexplored worlds in a strange galaxy… Will everything be awesome once more or will creativity fade with the passing of time? 

Find out what happens when imaginations collide in a story that is told in a Lego universe on the big screen, at Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

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Table Manners

An affluent housewife has her idyllic life thrown into turmoil when her husband is handed a heavy sentence for tax evasion. After losing her house and possessions, she finds solace in starting a food blog, with the support of her son and her best friend. Table Manners is now out on DVD.

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Table Manners reminded me that when one loses everything, finding hope is the best thing one can do. The film shows how healthy relationships and support helps one get through tough times. For Megan, the housewife and main character of the film, the path to understanding begins with realising that she is enough and all she needs is her family, food and love. Life’s 3 courses made easy.

The film also shows how one can use technology therapeutically. When Megan starts to post her meals on her blog, it provides her with a platform to showcase her passion for food. This, in combination with her support network, helps her process the events that happen around her.

SAFTA Award-winning writer Nkuli Sibeko has crafted a brilliant story about how Megan copes with hardship, and about the importance of a support network, whether it be physical or virtual. Director Leli Maki has represented this emotive story in ways that feel raw and very real. The movie is a must-see for South Africans. – Bryan Turner

Table Manners is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Home Entertainment.

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