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EPIC Rated PG After her mother passes away, 17-year-

old Mary Katherine “MK” is sent to live with her eccentric scientist father who believes little human soldiers, called Leafmen, live in the forest surrounding his home. Tough good-natured, her father is so enveloped in his work to find the Leafmen, he neglects MK’s pleads to stop chasing what isn’t real. But before she knows it, MK discovers the dying queen of the Leafmen and magically shrinks down to their size. She joins the Leafmen soldiers on their quest to save the forest

from the wicked creatures known as Boggans. MK learns that only with the help of her father will they have the chance to save the forest.

[ Tis fascinating tale recounts the By Monica Gutos

making of the classic Disney film Mary Poppins. Te movie follows the difficult lengths it took Walt Disney (portrayed by Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, to agree on the script for the 1964 movie adaptation. For more than 20 years, Disney tried to persuade Travers to release the rights to the movie, but she never budged. But, in desperate need of money when her books stop selling, Travers agrees to release the movie rights if she can approve the script. She reluctantly travels to Hollywood only to find that her beloved book has been turned into a musical, which she despises.

As the film progresses, we learn about

Travers’ troubled upbringing in rural Australia, which is heartbreaking at times and may be too serious for young children


to understand. However, those experiences lead Travers to create the character of Mary Poppins and base the book’s


figure, Mr. Banks, after the relationship with her own father. Disney realizes they can only move forward if they help Travers let go of her past. Travers warms up to Disney and his team, which softens some of the tension between the characters and allows for some much needed joy and laughter. Tough some of the film’s themes are emotional, this film depicts the magic it takes to create a Disney film. Family members of any age will find Saving Mr. Banks endearing and inspiring.

Tis enchanting

film depicts a classic tale between good and evil and teaches us that we are many leaves, but one tree—meaning we are all in this together. Te brightly colored flowers and trees also add visual appeal to the film by bringing life to the screen. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy this film not only for the colorful animation, but for the excellent message and strong themes of bravery and trust.


Rated PG Te movie Walking with Dinosaurs

begins with a Paleontologist returning to a dig site where he found a fossil tooth with his niece and nephew. When they arrive to the site, the nephew decides to stay behind because he thinks it’s not cool to look for fossils. Just when the nephew thinks he is all alone, a black raven flies down and starts talking to him and says, “Te story is in the

fossil.” Te raven then transforms to an animated pre-historic bird named Alex who begins telling a story about Patchi, a Pachyrhinosaurus and the adventures of his herd as they migrate north.

I would recommend this movie to

everyone. It had good graphics, a lot of funny parts and when they described a certain type of dinosaur, it was displayed on the screen so you could also read it. Tis movie was different from other dinosaur movies, this was a movie that you could imagine yourself actually walking side by side with a dinosaur.

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