INTO THE WOODS
2014, Walt Disney Studios, 125 min, USA, Dir: Rob Marshall

This adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical weaves together some of the most beloved Brothers Grimm fairytales. Cursed to remain childless, a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) turn to a witch (Oscar nominee Meryl Streep), who agrees to help them if they will gather ingredients for a magic potion - a scavenger hunt that sends them chasing such characters as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. Boasting gorgeous production and costume design, the film features an all-star cast that includes Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Johnny Depp (as The Big Bad Wolf),


THE WITCHES
1990, Warner Bros., 91 min, UK/USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother vacation at an English seaside resort, only to discover that witches have gathered there with a plot to turn all the children in England into mice. Though often encased in prosthetics, Anjelica Huston is clearly having a wonderful time playing the Grand High Witch; Rowan Atkinson also offers a delightful turn as the resort manager. This big-screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel was the final film Muppet magician Jim Henson worked on before his death.


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 a three children of his own and a temporary job with same financial institution that had 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 being 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’ children on a series of whimsical adventures and bring life, love and laughter back into their home. Co-starring Julie Walters, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.


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