SAVING MR. BANKS
2013, Walt Disney Studios, 126 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

Walt Disney fell under the spell of Mary Poppins not long after the book was published, and the magical English nanny’s 30-year journey from page to screen is reenacted here. Tom Hanks stars as Disney and Emma Thompson as Poppins author P.L. Travers, joined by an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Rachel Griffiths.


THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
1993, Sony Repertory, 134 min, UK, Dir: James Ivory

Anthony Hopkins is inimitable in his Oscar-nominated performance as James Stevens, the resolutely faithful head butler at a country estate in post-World War II Britain. When rule-bucking housekeeper Miss Kenton (an excellent Emma Thompson, also Oscar-nominated) arrives as the new staff member, Stevens’ world is quietly but irrevocably upended by her professions of love for him - and by the suspicions he stifles that his employer may have had ties to the Nazi party. Nominated for an additional six Oscars, including Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. Based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.


DEAD AGAIN
1991, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

“How many times can you die for love?” Historical supernaturalism meets neo-noir in Kenneth Branagh’s richly textured mystery about a private detective caught up in an unsolved murder haunting its way through time. Mike Church (Branagh) is investigating the disappearance of an unknown woman he gives the name “Grace.” Upon finding Grace (Emma Thompson), a terrified amnesiac with nightmares of a woman killed in the 1940s, Mike seeks the help of a hypnotist (Sir Derek Jacobi) to get to the bottom of Grace’s strange fears, but only finds himself further entrenched in a labyrinth of double identity and deadly consequence. With Robin Williams as Cozy Carlisle, the disgraced psychologist relegated to a butcher shop after one too many doctor-patient trysts. Shot on location at some of Los Angeles’ historic landmarks, including the Orpheum Theater, High Tower, and the Shakespeare Bridge.


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