Mary Poppins Returns

Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister, Jane (Emily Mortimer), receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) — the beloved nanny from their childhood — arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure. Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins Returns” also features Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke, and Angela Lansbury. (PG, 130 mins)

Against all the odds, this is a very worthy follow-up to the original movie. Blunt is pitch-perfect, as ever, in a film that all but insists you leave with a smile slapped on your face. – Olly Richards, Empire