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The much anticipated Saving Mr. Banks is now being shown at Staten Island movie theaters just in time for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Disney film about the making of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Disney film “Mary Poppins” is a sure bet for family audiences.
According to The New York Times review by A.O. Scott, Director John Lee. Hancock, former director of (“The Blind Side”) helps make the interwoven story of an unlikely film partnership between the eminently likable Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Mrs. P. L. Travers,author of Mary Poppins seem real.

Adds reviewer A. O. Scott in his article in, “The film asks us to believe that she is at once an astute storyteller and an emotional automaton entirely lacking in psychological insight. It also indulges in the common biographical fallacy of grounding adult creativity in childhood."

“Walt (Disney) and Mrs. Travers have that in common, and Walt, in a late, decisive conversation, explains that their job as storytellers is to “restore order” to the chaos of life and infuse bleak realities with bright, happy colors,” adds A.O. Scott in his New York Times Review. “Imagination, in other words, is a form of repression. Joy is a kind of denial. Mary Poppins may have had a different idea: She is, on the page, committed to solving problems rather than wishing them away. But the Disney version has proved more powerful, more seductive and, it almost goes without saying, more profitable.”

The making of“Mary Poppins,” according to Mr. Scott at the time of its production as Disney’s most expensive live-action film. “More precisely, “Saving Mr. Banks” recounts the consummation, in business and creative terms, of Walt Disney’s long courtship of P. L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins, played with spirited fussiness by Emma Thompson,” adds A.O. Scott in The Times. "Fans of the book and the earlier movie will know that Mr. Banks is the father of the children cared for by Mary Poppins, but even those entirely innocent of her previous literary and cinematic incarnations — if such people exist — will find this movie accessible and enjoyable.”

Staten Island Showtimes

Saving Mr. Banks is now playing at Atrium Stadium Cinemas at 680 Arthur Kill Road and‎UA All Staten Island Stadium 16 Theatre at 2474 Forest Avenue. Check your local theatres for show times .This is one family film


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