Reviews by Steve Fisher
WHETHER YOU celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah,
Kwanzaa or Festivus, gift-giving is usually part of
the celebration. Some great entertainment is available on Blu-ray at Costco in December, and at least
one person on your list might be happily surprised
by one of these.
Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary (12/10).
Released from the Disney vault in celebration of its
50th anniversary, the beloved classic looks brand-new, with an all-new digital restoration. For the rare
person who has never seen it, the movie—based on
a series of popular books by P.L. Travers—tells the
story of a magical nanny who literally flies out of the
windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited
nanny turns every chore into a game and every day
into a, as the song says, “Jolly Holiday.” Winner of
five Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Julie
Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and
Best Visual Effects, Mary Poppins is a must-see for
young and old. Extras include two new bonus features and four new songs. G.
Despicable Me 2 (Also in 3D, 12/10).
Former super-villain Gru (voiced by Steve
Carell) is trying to lead an
honest life and be a good
single dad to his three
young wards. He is
approached by Lucy
(Kristen Wiig), an
agent for the Anti-
Villain League, to
recruit him in their
fight against a new
super-villain. And, of
course, the Minions are
along to add to the mad-
cap fun. A funny and
entertaining film for the
whole family—with plenty
of slapstick fun for all, witty
banter for the older kids and
adults, and one of the sweetest
endings for an animated film
I’ve ever seen. Be sure to sit
through the end credits for more Minion
fun, and three included mini-movies fea-
ture the little yellow imps for additional wacky
Prisoners (12/17). How far would you go to
protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh
Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her
young friend, Joy, are missing, and as minutes
turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a
dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on
their street. Heading the investigation, Detective
Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its
driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a
lack of evidence forces his release. As
the police pursue multiple leads and
pressure mounts, knowing his
child’s life is at stake, the frantic
Dover decides he has no choice but
to take matters into his own hands.
But just how far will this desperate
father go to protect his family?
You’ll be asking yourself the same
question. Be warned: The film
contains violent content, including torture, and language. R.
Elysium (12/17). The year is
2154. The extremely wealthy live
on a luxurious space station.
Everyone else resides on a deci-
mated Earth, monitored by
robotic police and living a des-
perate existence. An ex-con (Matt
Damon), after being exposed to radia-
tion, takes on a mission to Elysium,
where special machines exist that can
cure all illnesses and injuries, and could
bring equality to the polarized worlds.
South African director Neill Blomkamp,
who scored a surprise hit with 2009’s
District 9, a sci-fi twist on apartheid, says
this view of a dystopian Earth in 2154
actually represents the planet today as
the gap between the haves and have-nots
seemingly continues to widen. R.
Additional titles include The Wolver-
ine (PG- 13), Fast & Furious 6 (PG- 13)
and The Smurfs 2 (PG). C
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